Date: Tuesday, August 12
Scripture: John 9:1-7
Verse: While it’s daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:4-5)
The magazine Mental Floss recently tweeted a link to an article called, “10 Things Mark Twain Didn’t Really Say.” As a Twain fan, I clicked the link to read on. Clearing up a misquote about success and productivity, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started,” Mental Floss shares something Twain actually said: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” Twain, who often used his wit to challenge cultural norms, makes us look with a smile at our ability to procrastinate.
One would think the blind man’s healing in today’s reading would be a source of great joy, and confirmation of who Jesus is. In the next several verses, we find out it is instead a source of controversy. The religious leaders are all worked up over the fact that Jesus made mud on the Sabbath, the day of rest when no work was supposed to be done (see verse 14). Jesus saw suffering and chose to alleviate it, even though it was the Sabbath — a conversation Jesus has several times throughout the gospels with the religious leaders. This is the point of Jesus’ declaration that he is the light of the world. We work in the day and rest in the night. Jesus, the light of the world, makes it perpetually daytime, time to do kingdom work. We are not called to wait for a special day, but right now we can show people a piece of the Kingdom through works of healing, restoration, and reconciliation.
Today is the day we are called to serve the people around us who are struggling. We are not supposed to wait for another time, for someone “more qualified” to come along, or for when we feel more ready. Jesus calls us to be agents of him and his Kingdom wherever we go. He is the light of the world, and while it is daytime, we must do the works of God! No Kingdom procrastination permitted.
Prayer: Make me a worker in and for your Kingdom today and every day. Amen.
Action: Throughout the day ahead, ask yourself how Jesus is calling you to serve him and his Kingdom.
Respond: Have you ever found out a favorite quote of yours is misattributed to a favorite author/speaker?
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