“I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).
We are aware of just one or two notes related to the early years in the life of Jesus. Most of the years are hidden. But through the four Gospels, we can clearly understand how He spent His time from the age of thirty to the end. We can know from His life that ‘time is equivalent to Gold and the responsibility is equivalent to eyes. The seconds of the time are priceless.’
‘The water which crosses the dam will never return even if one cries.’ Man can never get back the time and season he has wasted. You can cross this world for only once. One who makes use of his time is blessed. Day and night come one after the other. Jesus went to a solitary place early in the morning to pray to the Lord (Mark 1:35). After that, His legs went towards the villages and towns in search of the sheep without a shepherd. His heart was moved with compassion and He pitied them. He healed the sick; cleansed the lepers; He raised the dead alive.
Then He spent His time with the disciples in training them. He taught them the secrets of the Kingdom. He taught them how to minister.
In nights, His heart longed to be with the Lord. With burden, He climbed the Mount Olives to go to the Garden of Gethsemane. At some times He stayed there for the whole night and spent time praying to the Lord. The disciples were greatly attracted by His prayer. He prayed earnestly. During many times, He fell down on his face while praying. Then the angel descended (Luke 22:43).
He divided the time into day and night. Daytime is the period of grace. It is the time to serve God. Jesus meant the period of the antichrist when He said ‘the night is coming when no one can work.’ This is the period in which the world will be delivered to satan. During this period, it is impossible for the people to get saved or anointed.
But we have to work hard for God during the daytime. We should make use of the opportunities for grace. Dictionary was written by one named Johnson and on his watch, it was written ‘Night time is coming.’ So, he was fully engaged in working for God during the daytime. This verse happened to be encouraging even to Jawaharlal Nehru. He had placed on his table a writing which said ‘Miles to go before I sleep’. Things should be finished before we fall asleep. Dear children of God, will you act knowing the preciousness of time?
To meditate: “Go to the ant, you sluggard!Consider her ways and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6)