Thursday, October 22, 2015

You Have Work To Do

The days are short so work for your Savior while there is still time. 


John 9:1-5  As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth.

"Rabbi," His disciples asked Him, "why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents' sins?"

"It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.  We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.  But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world."

Isaiah 35:4-5  Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you."  And when He comes, He will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.

The disciples asked the right person about sin, if anybody knew the answer to the question about the man born blind it would have to be Jesus, but Jesus takes the disciples question and redirects them to a different conclusion. They think there are only two possible reasons that this man has been blind from birth but Jesus tells them that there is a reason for his blindness that they haven't thought of.

The reason this man has suffered for all of these years cannot be blamed on a person, Jesus said that he was blind for a higher purpose, all of these years of suffering so that God's power could be displayed for everyone to see. That goes against our sense of fairness, all of the suffering wasn't anybodies fault, God wanted to give us a miracle so big that we would know that Jesus is the Messiah.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
Jesus said that the purpose of his work was to glorify God, guess what, you also have work to do that is designed to bring glory to God. If you thought that being a Christian was about saying a magic prayer and then waiting for your turn to go to heaven then you are wrong. Jesus had work to do and we have work to do as well.
Matthew 5:15-16 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Jesus said that the night is coming and then our work will be over. Our life is our day, we must be busy and not waste daylight, it will be time to rest when our day is done. The approach of death should motivate us to cultivate every opportunity to do good works that bring glory to God.
Committed To Good Deeds
Titus 2:14  He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
We didn't become a Christ follower so that we can sit still and do nothing. When Jesus told his disciples to follow him that automatically meant that they were going places and they were going to do things.

God has a plan for my life, he has work that he created me to do, I am so amazed that he would bother to want to use me. (1 Timothy 1:12) We don't get too many days on this planet so I need to look for opportunities to do good and not allow the missed opportunities of the past to get me down.

Night is coming for all of us. Let's be busy glorifying God through our good deeds while the day is here.