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10/03/10 Doing God's Work!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, October 4, 2010 Under: Sermon

Text: John 9:4-5 (HCSB)

4) We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Intro: “Are you doing God’s work?”

The Blind Man and the Lantern

A blind man was discovered sitting at the corner of a city street with a lantern beside him. When he was asked why the lantern was there since light and darkness were the same to him, he replied, "I have it so that no one may stumble over me." What a message for Christians who have the light! “Are you doing God’s work?” or are you a stumbling block?

Application: Work to do while there is still light!

Work: In the Greek – er'-gon

It was God's works that had to be done. Four works are stressed in this passage.

Work #1: There is the work of seeking man.

God seeks man. Jesus took the initiative with this man, reaching out to help him. It was not the man who reached out for help. In fact, the man was blind; he did not even know that help was available. If Jesus had not reached out for him, he would have remained blind and been in darkness forever.

The word "must" means necessity. There are no questions, no suggestions, no urgings about the matter. The works of God must be done. The time for work is limited. Christ and His followers do not have forever to do the work. It has to be done now or the opportunity will be lost. Only so much time has been given. Whatever is to be done must be done today, while there is still some daylight left. Night is coming, the time when no man can work. Time will end and the opportunity will be gone forever.

We Are to Do God’s Work, the “we” is us and there is a demand! “We must” this is an intense word of requirement.

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (HCSB)

Is the Church a Zoo?

Some church members are as stubborn as a Missouri mule about doing church work, but as sly as a fox in their own business deals; as busy as a bee in spreading the latest gossip, but as quiet as a mouse in spreading the gospel of Christ. Many are as blind as a bat to see the needs of others, but have eyes of a hawk to see the faults of a few. Some are as eager as a beaver about a barbecue, but as lazy as a dog about the prayer meetings. Some will roar like a lion when things do not go just to suit them, but they are as gentle as a lamb when they need the preacher of the church. Some are as noisy as a blue jay when calling on the church for advice, but as timid as a kitten about talking to the lost and as slow as a snail about visiting absentees and shut-ins. Many are night owls on Saturday nights, but "bed bugs" Sunday mornings and as scarce as hen's teeth on Wednesday nights.

Work #2: There is the work of caring for man.

God cares that man is blind. Jesus ties us to His mission from the Father. We, too, are in the world to do the works of God. Our very purpose for being on earth is to proclaim and show forth the works of God.

The things that Jesus did, He:

1. Relieved suffering
2. Rebuked wrong
3. Taught truth
4. Encouraged the troubled
5. Touched lives
6. Won the lost

"Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." John 20:21 (HCSB)

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

Work #3: There is the work of love and compassion.

God loves and has compassion for man in his blindness and darkness.

“In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.” Isaiah 63:9 (HCSB)

This chapter in the book of Isaiah is the story of Christ love, it’s the story of why He came to earth, why He suffered and died on the cross and why He offers life. His complete work is to continue through us while there is still light.

Jesus did the Father’s will, He was a servant of servants, He was unable to bypass a need. This must be the same pattern for each of us! There is an Urgency: It must be done while there is time. There is a familiar proverb that says – “the night cometh when no man can work” people in that day were unable to work at night. We must work now, your involvement is not optional. This work gains us no standing, this work wins us no special favor. Make no mistake – it is work! This is demanding because it draws on what we really are!

Work #4: There is the work of delivering from darkness and giving sight.

There is a challenge He leaves: “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” “When I am no longer in the world, ye are the light of the world.”

“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves” Colossians 1:13 (HCSB)

If man wishes to be delivered from darkness, he must come to Christ. Christ is the only One who gives sight to man and His world.

Have you ever tried to work in the dark?

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men" John 1:4

"Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (HCSB)

“I am the light of the world.”


Illustration: Incomprehensible - Blind Men and the Elephant

Six blind men approached an elephant. Each man put out his hand to touch some part of the elephant's anatomy and thought he had grasped the whole. To one the elephant was like a tree, to another like a wall, to a third like a fan, to a fourth like a snake, to a fifth like a spear, and to a sixth like a rope – depending on whether they had touched his leg, his side, his ear, his trunk, his tusk, or his tail. The poem in which this fable is contained concludes that all of them were right, though each of them was wrong. It takes a synthesis of all aspects of God and His creation to get a complete picture of Him – and none of us is so gifted as to be able to comprehend this, though we make some progress as we open our hearts and minds to the various facets of truth we encounter on our heavenward journey!

Practical Application

The church was spiritually "blind". They could see only what was in the world: money and human ability and effort. They did not look beyond to the spiritual need of the human soul nor to the possibility of spiritual and supernatural power working within the church and the lives of people. 

God’s work is more than the ministry or church work. God’s work is doing – to the extent that we are able – the work that God sent Christ to do.

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