The end of the day is coming, and I can’t help but wonder, did I do what God wanted me to do with this day? Did I use my time the way He planned for me to? It wasn’t a particularly momentous day, by any stretch of the imagination, but there were still opportunities to do good and to honor God.
“As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4.
These words, spoken by Jesus, emphasize to us that He had specific work to do while He was on earth, and this work was assigned to Him by His Father. This work included preaching the Gospel, working miracles, doing good, fulfilling the Law, bringing justice, and providing redemption.
Jesus could have done all of this alone, but, by using the pronoun “we,” He included the disciples in His work, and He includes us also. This is an amazing realization – that the God of all Creation would want us to work alongside Him and share His redeeming love with a hurting world.
One thing we must keep in mind. There’s a time limit. At times we think we will live forever and that we will have plenty of opportunities down the road to tell others about Jesus. But His words here remind us that we don’t. Just as quickly as day rolls into night, time as we know it will roll into eternity, and our opportunities to do Christ’s work will be gone forever.
Every sunset is a reminder that time has a limit, and there is kingdom work to do.