February 20, 2017

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Here is our memory verse for this week:

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

When I ask people what they would like to see happen where they work invariably the answer is, “I would like to see my wages go up faster.” There are those that complain often that they don’t get a decent wage. And it seems every couple of years our government raises the minimum wage. I guess wages are important to most people. In fact when a company advertises in the paper that they need workers I must admit that I scan the advertisement real quickly looking to see, you guessed it, what the starting wage is.

A couple of years ago Mary Burke, who ran for governor of Wisconsin and lost, said this on the campaign trail, “Minnesota tops Wisconsin on average wages by $5,000 a year.” This was on June 18, 2014. She used these figures to back up her statement:

Occupation Minnesota average wage Wisconsin average wage
Registered nurse $71,160 $64,460
Management, all positions $107,130 $97,920
Dentist $193,100 $177,430
Police and sheriff patrol officer $58,220 $54,140
Social worker (child/family/school) $59,830 $49,720
School bus driver $32,500 $29,190
Computer systems analyst $81,560 $75,170
Lawyer $126,520 $105,080

If most people are tired of their wages you would think that they would get sick and tired of sinning and turn to Jesus because he offers a better wage in the form of a gift which is also tax free! You see the wages for sinning always stay the same. There is no hope of getting a raise, a bonus or a promotion. It would do no good for a Wisconsinite to move to Minnesota in hopes of a better wage for sinning. The wages of sin remain the same for every state and every nation in the world. Sin does pay. It pays the wage of eternal death. The only hope for a raise is receiving God’s son Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You will no loner receive a wage but you definitely will receive a raise > eternal life in heaven:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!