Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
Read: John 9:1-7
Time has a way of conspiring against us. It gives us the illusion that everything is standing still and nothing is lost. It appears to tell us never to worry. Anyone who falls for this illusion would regret at the end of the day, having failed to accomplish what he or she was supposed to. In John 9:4, Jesus says:
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
If only you can follow the principles of Jesus, there is no way you will not succeed both on earth and in Heaven. A wise person will strive to do the most important things in life at youth because at old age, there wouldn’t be much strength and vigour to do them. According to our Lord Jesus Christ, it is wise to do God’s work while a youth. That is, there is need to find out God’s purpose for your life and key into it very early in life so that you can positively affect God’s Kingdom through it.
Our Lord Jesus Christ started His ministry at the age of 30 (Luke 3:23), and within about three and a half years, He had accomplished His purpose on earth. He had completed His Father’s assignment. He had touched so many lives. He had raised so many disciples and had mentored the apostles to take over from Him. Within that period, He had taught these disciples all they needed to know at that level, leaving out some tougher doctrines for the Holy Spirit to teach after His departure. If you observe the Lord, you will discover that He was in a hurry to win souls. He was in a hurry to heal the sick. Ever ready, He was in a hurry to bless people and was only waiting for people to open their mouths and ask. There were several cases where because of His haste to finish His assignment, He forced Himself into people’s situations and changed their lives even without any invitation. Peter benefited from this. Jesus understood time and worked with it. If you are the Jesus in your area, church or community, how are you doing the work of the Lord today?
Lord, as You worked with time to fulfil Your purpose on earth, grant me the Grace to achieve Your purpose for my life within the time I have left.
Bible in one year: Ezra 8-10