READ: John 9
THINK: Say you’re on vacation and evening is approaching. You spot a good motel and you pull in. The clerk tells you that a room is available, and she gives you a card to fill out. Without hesitation you write down your name, address, phone number, and license number. Depending on how you pay, you may also reveal your credit card number. You have given out a lot of vital information without thinking twice about it.
Discussing this in a sermon, a pastor observed that it’s so easy for us to hand over to people all kinds of vital information, yet it’s often difficult for us to tell them that we are believers in Jesus Christ. But the most vital thing about us that could possibly be shared is what Jesus has done for us. We are commissioned to tell the world about our Savior.
In John 9, the man healed of blindness testified clearly what had happened to him: “Though I was blind, now I see” (v.25). Jesus is the One who had done it for him. Similarly, the Light of the world has removed our spiritual blindness through faith. He is our Savior. Now we can see.
We give out a lot of vital information about ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to tell others the most important thing about us: We are believers in Jesus Christ! And because we’re believers in Jesus we have an important purpose during our time here on earth.
One reason we’re left here on earth and not taken to heaven immediately after trusting in Christ for salvation is that God has work for us to do. “Man is immortal,” Augustine said, “until his work is done.”
The time of our death is not determined by anyone or anything here on earth. That decision is made in the councils of heaven. When we have done all that God has in mind for us to do, then and only then will He take us home—and not one second before. As Paul put it, “David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep” (Acts 13:36).
In the meantime, until God takes us home, there’s plenty to do. “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day,” Jesus said. “Night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Night is coming when we will once for all close our eyes on this world, or our Lord will return to take us to be with Him. Each day brings that time a little closer.
As long as we have the light of day, we must work—not to conquer, acquire, accumulate, and retire, but to make visible the invisible Christ by touching people with His love. We can then be confident that our “labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Adapted from David H. Roper & David C. Enger in Our Daily Bread
PRAY: Commit yourself today to the work that God has for you. Promise him your energy, your talents, your effort, and your love today. Ask him to help you live the life you know he is calling you to and ask him to open doors so you can share it with others!