We are living in a time in history when “playing” has become an obsession of people. If our computer does not have the capability to play the latest video game, we need an upgrade. If our phone does not allow us to sit mindlessly and play games on it during every waking minute, we need a newer and better phone. I am all for playing. I am all for enjoying times when we are coasting and having fun. What I hope we do not forget as Christians is that there is a time to work that we must not miss too. Jesus said it this way; “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).
If Jesus felt compelled to work while He had the chance, I want to also work for Him while I have the chance. We spend a great deal of time in our time, raising money for the things we want to do. We work with a purpose in mind of getting something, or going somewhere, or paying off some purchase that we really wanted. Work is something that is necessary to reach a goal. In the life of a Christian there is work to do too. I read my Bible because I do not have enough wisdom for the challenges that I know are coming in my life. I don’t have the answers to the questions others are going to ask me, so I need to read and study my Bible every day. I go to church because I need the fellowship, the accountability of fellow believers, and a place to serve God. I don’t always go to church to be fed, but to be able to use what I have learned to help others. I go to church to work the works of God, because the night is coming and that opportunity will not last forever.
The night is coming when we will not be able to work for God here on this earth. As certainly as the sun is going to set tonight (wherever you live), the open door to serve God here on earth will end. When the night comes, I want to know that I have served my God as well as I could. I have often said that when we arrive in Heaven, we will not wish we had made more money here on the earth. We will not wish we had a bigger car / house, or even more clothing in our closets. We will wish we had done more that would last into eternity. We will wish we had worked for the Lord while we had the chance. The lesson for today is that we ought to make the most of the opportunities we have to serve God today. We will be thankful when we arrive in Heaven that we did what we could while we had the chance. We will regret spiritual laziness. Get up and go for God today!