“We live in a world of artificial light in so many ways. If we go to a ballgame and nighttime is approaching, we watch as the stadium lights come on in the transition, and we are led to believe that daytime still exists. In essence, we are deceived about the night because of the “artificial light.”We may function well with artificial light in the physical world but this certainly is not true in the Kingdom of God.” Henry Blackaby
Jesus said to His disciples, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4-5). What Jesus says here reminds us that we must always move to act while we have time. The souls and well-being of others must be a priority. He had to tell the Pharisees who were pride-filled and self-absorbed that the Sabbath was not to be placed above one of the key purposes of Christ’s earthly ministry; impacting the lives of people. Jesus came to save, heal, strengthen and deliver. Jesus came to set the captives free and give beauty for ashes. Jesus came that there would be light to scatter the darkness. We are filled with the light of Christ so that our lights may shine so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
Is it is that we have forgotten that the time is indeed now and we are the people who have the mandate? Jesus healed and gave sight to the blind man but was despised by the Pharisees for doing so. We must be willing to understand that we are the salt of the earth and the light that Jesus has appointed for this hour and this time to shine in a world of darkness. Could it be that we have forgotten the time, forgotten to redeem it because we do not understand the sense of urgency? Night is coming when no man can work. Night is coming when it is too late to lead our neighbors, our families, our friends and acquaintances to Christ. Night is coming when we must give an account for what we have done with our faith and the many graces and opportunities afforded us. Night is coming. We can look to Jesus and find certainty and comfort because we know Him and have received Him as our Savior. Let us remember to pass on what have and what we know about Jesus.
· Call someone who does not know Jesus as Savior and without badgering them with the Bible, extend to them a word of kindness and encouragement.
· Send a card with scripture to someone you know has “fallen away” or left the assembling of the saints, invite them lunch, to worship service or send them a tape from a service.
· Write a verse of encouragement on a piece of paper and hand it to a service provider, waitress or waiter (with a good tip), bus-driver or cab driver.
· Stop spreading venom and try spreading peace to those who are new believers, newer members or prospective members in the halls of the congregation and say something to help up-lift their day. A little Son-shine goes a long, long way.
· Take a your testimony or a copy of a tract, inspiring Bible-study or Wednesday night church school lesson to someone you know is struggling with some life-issues.
Remember the night is coming when no man can work. Jesus was speaking to those who should have known Him and been working with Him to share the light. Instead they were quick to spread venomous dark clouds because they were more concerned with the letter of the law than the lives of others. Night is coming but let us work while it is still day.