In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17
Some of the leaders had came up to Jesus and accused Him of working on the Sabbath. Jesus just looked at them and told them that His Father, God, was always working and so was He.
Working is something most people do. They want a job so that they can work and earn a paycheck. Some people love to work and will work non-stop at their job because they want that large paycheck. Others will work just enough to meet the needs they have. There are also some that work at trying to get out of work. They do as little as possible.
Reality points out that there is always something to do. A person can work non-stop all the time, if he really wanted to do so. No matter how much a person gets done at his workplace, there is usually something else that can be done.
However, many people look at those extra things that could be done and state that it is not within their job description. They refuse to life a finger to do more than what is absolutely required of them. They want to relax and have fun.
God is always at work, because there is always something to do. His goal is to save every person in this world. That is a non-stop 24/7 job. Jesus was working in the same way while on this earth. He knew there was work to be done, so He did it.
Believers are to be just like Jesus and God the Father. They are work so every believer should be at work. As long as there is one person in this world who does not believe in Jesus, there is work to be done.
You may look around and not see work that needs to be done, but then you must stop and ask God to open your eyes to the needed work to be finished. There will always be someone who needs to know Jesus. There will always be someone who needs prayer or healing.
Time off comes when you step through the gates of heaven. Until then there is work to be done. Every day, all day, you must be working to build God’s kingdom.
Are you working today?
I pray today that you will see the work of God; that you will be working for God; that God will show you what needs to be done; and that you will find your rest in God and not in the ways of this world.
“Thus the saying, ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.” John 4:37
While the disciples were away getting some food, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman. When they return, they encouraged Him to eat, but He said He already has food, that is to do the work of the Father. Then He tells them that the field is ready for harvest and that one sows, while another will reap.
A farmer is the one who plants the seeds in a large field and waits for the crops to come in. Later, once the harvest is ready, that same farmer is the one who goes out and brings in the harvest. This will work for short-term growing foods. Foods that will grow within a few weeks or months.
When a person plants a row of oak trees from a small seed, it can take many years before any results are seen. It is usually not the person who planted the oak trees, but others who reap the benefits of those trees.
Jesus came into this world in order to save people from their sins. The world has become the harvest field and there are many people who are ready to be saved.
The work of bringing a person to salvation is not the work of one person completely on his own. It takes a group of people to benefit from it. One or more people start by planting seeds into the life of a person. Those seeds are things that show the person God’s love, pointing out that there is more to this life than what the world is showing, showing the faultiness of mankind, showing mercy, and pointing people to Jesus.
Those seeds need to grow. They grow by others confirming what was said and by other believers working in the life of a person.
Eventually the person says yes to Christ, through the word of one person. That person gains the harvest, even though he did not sow all of the needed seed. The groundwork was done by others.
As you go through your life, there will be times that you will be the one to sow seed into someone’s life. Other times you will be the one that brings in the harvest for God.
Either way, you must be working together with others to bring in the needed harvest. Have the mission Jesus had to save the world.
I pray today that God will show you ways to sow more seed into the lives of people; that God will use you to bring in the harvest that is ready; that you will have the goal of Jesus to seek and save the lost; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to all.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
Condemnation is something that runs very high in this world. It occurs regardless of whether a person is a believer or not. People blame others for what happens and condemns their actions.
People are quick to look at the Old Testament laws and how some required death. Then they apply that to the entire Bible and are quick to condemn other people. Or non-believers will believe that all the Bible does is condemn them.
Believers will often read the bible and grab onto teachings against sin, then they will point out those sins in the lives of others. When they see those sins, they are fast to condemn a person as a non-believer and going to hell. They focus on speaking against the sin, rather than pointing out God’s willingness to forgive and showing His great love.
While it is true that a person who does not believe in or follow Jesus is on a path to hell, Jesus never went around condemning people to hell. His entire purpose of His life and ministry was to save people. He wanted to point out what God has done for them. The only people Jesus was harsh with, were the people who claimed to be believers in God, yet did not follow Him and even fought against Him.
If a believer just points out sin and that a person is going to hell, but never points to Jesus and His love, there will be little expectation that the non-believer will ever change. There is no love to draw him to Jesus.
The only time Jesus is going to do condemnation is when He returns to wipe out all sin for all time. At that point people who do not follow Him will be condemned for all eternity. Until then, His focus is to seek and save the lost. God wants every person to be saved.
When you are speaking to others, you need to be like Jesus. Put away all condemnation. Point out God’s great love and mercy. Present Jesus to the people so that they can be saved.
Allow God to choose when and how a person is condemned. You do the work of bringing people to Jesus to be saved.
How many can be saved through your testimony of love?
I pray today that you will know God’s love for the lost; that you will not speak condemnation on anyone; that you will present God’s love and mercy to this world; and that many will know Jesus through your words and actions.
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4
Jesus and His disciples had went to a wedding in Cana. While there the host had run out of wine. Mary mentioned that to Jesus. He asked why she tried to involve Him. Later Jesus had the servants pour water into the glasses. As the water was drank, it was turned into wine.
All throughout the bible people are told to ask God for what they need. They are to be bold in what they request and seek God for. There are many examples of people asking for things and God providing the need.
However, there are also many times that a person asks God for something and does not get it. Sometimes he does not get it right away, while at other times he never receives what was desired. This has to do with God’s will and timing.
Mary had asked for some help in a situation that the people had, yet Jesus did not fulfill it right away. He waited. His waiting was to wait on His Father for the right time. Jesus knew that it was not His time to do a miracle in public yet.
Most people who are asking God for something, want it right away. They cannot understand why God wants them to wait or why they never receive it. This is where trusting in God’s timing is important.
God sees the bigger picture of life. He sees the beginning, middle and end all at the same time. Because He sees this bigger picture, He also knows when it is the best time to do anything.
It is the same with parents of little children. Little children will request something and the parents will say not right now, wait. The parents understand why waiting is best, but the child does not. The child must trust in the parent.
As you request something from God, remember to wait for His answer and trust it. You may have to wait a while for that request to be fulfilled. Know that God has your best interest in mind. It may not be the time for it right now, though as a human being you see it as an immediate need.
In the right time, God will turn your water into wine. Wait on Him and trust Him for your provision.
I pray today that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will trust in God’s timing in your life; that you will not fear God did not hear you; and that you will do all things on His time-table.