What Jesus Did! 'Urgency!' — John 9:4

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

[To his disciples, Jesus continued,] "We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work."
— John 9:4 NLT

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. Many of us have all sorts of distractions crowding into our lives. Some of these distractions seem important to us. Others, we recognize as insignificant intrusions. The real question, however, is this: How well are we doing with placing God's priorities first in our lives regardless of the apparent importance of possible distractions? Do we feel a sense of urgency to get God's work done? Is God's work our focus or just another item to check off our "to do" list crowding into our busy lives?

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 commit to live my life for your glory. Please guide my way. In Jesus' name, I ask it. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 13:21-30
  • James 4:13-16
  • John 11:9-10


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Illustration of John 9:4 NLT — [To his disciples, Jesus continued,] "We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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