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May 5, 2019
A man named Kenneth worked for the largest manufacturer in
Illinois for twenty-four years. The wages and benefits paid at
his factory were double what the average job paid in America.
He was a contented, middle-class worker- until 1992. From
1992 to 1994 you could find Kenneth parading through the
factory, holding an American flag along with two other
workers, chanting “No contract. No peace!” Kenneth called out
the cadences for about one hundred middle-aged marchers.
What turned a contented worker into a thorn in his
manufacturer’s side? The turning point came in 1992, after the
union had been on strike for nearly six months, when the
company threatened to replace its striking workers. That did
something to Kenneth. It turned him against his company.
Kenneth explains, “I finally realized two years ago, when they
threatened to replace us, that as far as they are concerned, I am
nothing to them.” Kenneth’s whole attitude changed when he
concluded, whether rightly or wrongly, that he had no worth to
the company, that he was replaceable, and that they didn’t care
about him as a person. Even the toughest laborer in America
craves loyalty and to have others care. Now for us, there is only
one place we can be assured of that very thing, and that place is
in the arms of Jesus Christ. God values us and cares for us so
much that even when we “went on strike”, rejecting His will for
our lives, He sent His son to die for our sins. A familiar passage
in John 3:16 tells us of the love that God has for us. 1 John 4:9-
10 says “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God
sent His only begotten son into the world so that we might live
through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He
loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Be encouraged daily by the overwhelming love of God for you.