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For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18)

The Lord has called us into a life that is growing into a better self.  In order to grow, we must learn, and this, in fact, is what the Greek word for disciple literally means.  We are called to be people who learn.  Therefore, do not stop one from learning.  In the learning comes the wages, the reward received as one comes to understand these things that the Lord has given us.  Do not hinder another no matter where they are in the learning process.

Lord, You know that this world is set up in competition – one seeking to be on top of another.  Guide me, Lord, to see that it is You and me.  Not that I am any different from all the others whom You have created, but that You measure me against me.  Help me to not compete but learn how to be faithful.  Guide me in Your goodness to see through the games of this world and to live in the truth of the ages.

Lord Jesus, You were an encouragement to all who were seeking truth.  You are truth and those who see You by the eyes of faith need what only You can give.  Help me to not be blinded in this age by all the noise and obfuscation, but instead to be led gently by Your Spirit.  Guide me, O Lord, to see that in You alone is all hope and the only future worth living.  Help me know that everyone who works is worthy of their wage.  Amen.