A Time to work

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, May 17, 2019


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

At 91 years old, and with a multiplicity of physical limitations, my dad does not do much these days. His day consists of watching TV, eating, and talking with other residents in his nursing home. No one expects him to do any work. He does not get to go to church services. This is his season of rest.

It wasn’t always that way for my dad. He was a hard-working man who did his best to provide for his family. My dad worked the midnight shift (7PM-7AM) for over 10 years. He was never late to work. He was involved in two church starts. Both of these churches are now doing very well.

Today’s text captures the healing of a man born blind. When asked by his disciples why the man was born blind, he told them so that the works of God might be displayed in him (v. 3). He knew that he only had about two and a half years left before his crucifixion. So he told them about the urgency of his ministry and taught them that they should not delay in doing the work for which they have been chosen.

We all have a limited window to be productive. The time will come when all of us will not be able to work. We should all have a sense of urgency and be intentional in everything we do. Now is the time for us to forgive and patch our differences with other people. This is the time to be fully committed to the work of ministry.

Complacency and procrastination lead to worthlessness. However, a mind that is set to work will be renewed, and the soul will rejoice. We should not wait until retirement before we start going on a mission’s trip, or become serious about evangelism. Some of us may transition to glory before retirement.

If there is a business that you want to start, do it now. A good student does not wait until the final exam to start studying. I wake up every morning with a sense of urgency to do as much as possible because I know that the time will come when I won’t be able to work. The aches and pains in my body remind me that I need to take good care of my physical self, now. The Holy Spirit convicts me to study the word of God daily so I can be apt to teach the gospel, now.

The time will come when I will not be able to write any more devotionals, Bible studies, commentaries, or other Christian literature. But for now, I’m going to write until my fingers are numbed. Whenever there is an opportunity to serve in ministry, I will make myself available. I will go where the Lord leads, and do his kingdom work whenever.

What about you? Are you still trying to decide if you have enough time to help in a ministry at your church? How much longer are you going to wait before getting that degree, or fix that marriage, or go to rehab to overcome that addiction, or find someone to mentor, or start writing that book.

Our days are numbered, but there is no limit to our productivity. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Today is a good day to do the works of him who saved you.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, give us the wisdom and courage to maximize our time and do the work that you have called us to do.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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