What Jesus Did! 'Urgency!' — John 9:4

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One that sent me. The night is coming. And no person can work at night."
— John 9:4
Illustration of John 9:4 — "While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One that sent me. The night is coming. And no person can work at night."

Key Thought

Jesus recognizes that his time on earth is short. He feels a sense of urgency to get the work of God completed. He also shares the importance of getting that work done with his disciples. With so many distractions crowding into our lives—some of them important and others very insignificant—how well do we do with placing God's priorities first in our lives? Do we feel a sense of urgency to get done God's work in comparison to getting our other tasks done?

Today's Prayer

Holy God, help me better know how to order my priorities. Please help me be more confident of the things you want most for me to do. Father, I gladly submit my will to be led by your Spirit and to live for your glory. Please guide my way. In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While Jesus was walking, he saw a blind man. This man had been blind since the time he was born. Jesus' followers asked him, "Teacher, this man was born blind. But whose sin made him be born blind? His own sin, or his parents' sin?" Jesus answered, "It is not this man's sin or his parents' sin that made him be blind. This man was born blind so that God could use him to show what great things God can do. While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One that sent me. The night is coming. And no person can work at night. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." After Jesus said this, Jesus spit on the dirt and made some mud with it. Jesus put the mud on the man's eyes. Jesus told the man, "Go and wash in the pool Siloam." (Siloam means "Sent.") So the man went to the pool. He washed and came back. Now he was able to see. Some people had seen this man begging before. These people and the man's neighbors said, "Look! Is this the same man that always sits and begs?" Some people said, "Yes! He is the one." But other people said, "No, he is not the same man. He only looks like him." So the man himself said, "I am the man {that was blind before}." The people asked, "What happened? How did you get your sight?" The man answered, "The man that people call Jesus made some mud. He put the mud on my eyes. Then Jesus told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went to Siloam and washed. And then I could see." The people asked the man, "Where is this man (Jesus)?" The man answered, "I don't know."

John 9:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

After Jesus said these things, he felt very troubled. Jesus said openly, "I tell you the truth. One of you will be against me." Jesus' followers all looked at each other. They did not understand who the person was that Jesus was talking about. One of the followers was next to Jesus and was leaning close to him. This was the follower that Jesus loved. Simon Peter made signs to this follower to ask Jesus who the person was that he was talking about. That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, "Lord, who is it that will be against you?" Jesus answered, "I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man that will turn against me." So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. When Judas took the bread, Satan (the devil) entered him. Jesus said to Judas. "The thing that you will do—do it quickly!" None of the men at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. Judas was the one that kept the money box {for the group}. So some of the followers thought that Jesus meant for Judas to go and buy some things they needed for the feast. Or they thought that Jesus wanted Judas to go give something to the poor people. Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him. Then Judas went out. It was night.

John 13:21-30

Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money." Listen! Think about this: You don't know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that." But now you are proud and you boast. All of this boasting is wrong.

James 4:13-16

Jesus answered, "There are twelve hours of light in the day. Right? If a person walks in the day, then he will not stumble and fall. Why? Because he can see with the light of this world. But when a person walks at night he stumbles. Why? Because there is no light to help him see."

John 11:9-10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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