We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work (Jn. 9:4 ESV)
Jesus once met a man that was blind from birth and said to His disciples: “we must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day”. The disciples had asked Him who had sinned for the man to be born blind. It is interesting to note their perspective of this man’s illness. They thought it was a divine judgment against sin. Jesus told them that was not the case. It was not an issue of who had sinned. It is incredible how quickly we can easily attribute incidences in our lives or others to divine judgments.
The second issue with this text is that many have interpreted this passage as meaning the man’s blindness was the work of God so that He could be glorified. However, Jesus clearly shows us from the statement above and by what He did that God’s work in this man’s life was not in causing sickness but in bringing healing. God anointed Jesus who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil( Acts 10:38). The healing, not the disease, was the work of God.
Jesus says all of us, now as His Church, have to work the works of God while it is day. He is not asking us to bring judgment on people in inflicting illnesses to them for their sins but to bring healing to broken bodies, minds, and hearts. He says we should do so while it is day, that is, while we are still alive, having the light of life. The “day” could also mean while Jesus, the Light of life, was still with them. However, it is more likely that it means while they were still alive.
What are you doing for God while you are still alive on this earth? The days are coming when you will no longer be active on this present earth and you will no longer heal the sick, win the lost, build the church of God, etc. Work the works of God while it is still day.
Is the term “day” above literal or figurative? Can you see its possible interpretations and application to your life today?
APPLY THE WORD
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Work the works of the Father while still you still have the breath of life in this present world.
Ask the Lord to help you fully get engaged in His work with tangible results.