Ancient Romans had an average of 206 working days. That contrasts with our average 250 working days, not including 10 holidays and not including vacation time. But the ancients had at least 30 more holidays than we.
Caution, however...with a million free men and 1,300,000 slaves in Rome, we would as likely be a slave as a free person. One senator made a motion that slaves be forced to wear specific clothing so they would remember their PLACE. The motion died when another senator reminded the Senate that it would more likely remind them of their NUMBERS.
Consider this week work in several categories with scriptural application where possible.
First, Work That Comes Easiest or Cheapest May in Long-Term Cost More
The Perkin-Elmer Corporation of Connecticut bid $70 million to build the 8 foot diameter mirror for the Hubble telescope and its secondary 12.5 inch mirror. The Eastman Kodak, with more experience and greater work force bid $105.5 million. The lowball bid won. But it cost NASA...and the US taxpayer in the end. For we spent in excess of $110 million to rebuild and repair the mirror in space. The low bid cost more when incompetent work ballooned repair costs.
Today one hears little about Christ’s teaching on self-denial; or his demand that we resist temptation; or his expectation that we articulately defend the Four Gospels. Though each is a precious foundational teaching to God and must be for his people. And if others want to hear a far less demanding message that gives them more freedom of opinion, that’s TOO BAD for them! God makes the rules and the God who makes the rules is the Only Ruler.
Christ guarantees that he will save from sin, from an aimless life, from the grave and eventually to a new body in God’s new, perfect world. Many options to his offer exist. And if we want to take a chance that another way to God exists...well, we don’t want to take that chance, because no other way to God DOES! Jesus alone offers the way and IS the WAY—and no other way exists.
We’re going to live forever, do we understand...forever and ever, eternally. With God or without God. And whatever skeptics may say, we don’t want to live without God. That’s no fun. It’s not happy. It’s not even tolerable. It’s HELL without God. And Jesus is the only way to avoid it. –End Part I-