Mar6SunToday March 6, 2022
“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.” John 9:4–7 ESV
We must work while it is yet day. I was reading through this passage of scripture today and Holy Spirit highlighted these verses. We must do the works of Him who sent us...and we must do them while it is yet day. Day. You could call it the interval from sunrise to sunset, but I feel it’s more accurate in this setting if we simply say: Today. While it is yet today go and do the works of your Father in heaven. Today is the day full of new opportunities and beginnings, full of potential. I believe the Spirit of the Lord wants to quicken this deep within our hearts: Don’t waste today waiting for someday better to come along, for there is coming a dark night when no one will be able to work.
Today! Today, take the opportunity to do the works of Him who sent you. Night is pressing in. To me night simply means, that the time is coming when the opportunities of today will be gone and all we will be left with is the question, "What did you do while it was yet today?” I pray it will not be with tears of regret that we answer, but instead with joy will be able to say, “I was faithful in the day to do His will!”
Let’s remember the words of Jesus in John 9:5 as encouragement: As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. As long as He is here and as long as He is with you, He is the light. He’ll show you the way through today, he’ll make clear the path you need to be walking on. Just place your hand in His when you get up in the morning, and say: Here I am Lord, what do you want to do today?
I love that He is light. He is the radiance of Heaven bursting through, the blaze of light which penetrated Saul of Tarsus’ heart and changed a Saul into a Paul. He is the light of divine truth which when cast upon a lie will obliterate it and bring freedom. He is the spiritual light which illuminates, enlightening the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones! (Ephesians 1:18 TPT)
This is the good news. You are not left by your yourself to do the works of the Father. Jesus is with you! This magnificent light is within you. He inhabits your heart and brings all His goodness and favor with Him. You have more than enough to enable you to do this work! You are more than able! He is working in your midst, working to fulfill and complete His will. And if you’re not feeling it, if you’re not quite at the place where you can stand in this assignment, there is grace for you. Gods grace is His empowerment in you and His help is ever towards you.
If we continue to read in John 9, it tells how Jesus after he had said He was the light of the world, healed the eyes of a blind man. He spit on the ground, made some mud from saliva, and spread the mud on the blind mans eyes. Go, Jesus told him, go wash in the pool of Siloam (which means,”Sent”). The blind man left, washed, and came back seeing. I can’t help but read this story with tears in my eyes. I can about imagine the excitement of seeing for the first time. Of viewing colors and having the details of all of life come alive within my heart. Can you imagine how that would feel? I’m sure this man just about burst with wonder and joy. We read these accounts and too often don’t let them sink into our minds. They are meant to touch us and motivate us!
What does this story have to do with going about doing the Fathers work? Well, Jesus spit on the earth and anointed the mans eyes with this clay. It reminds me of how God created mankind in the beginning. He formed us from the earth, formed us in His image, and with His breath anointed us. It reminds me, that even still today, He is the potter and I am the clay. It reminds me, that I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. It reminds me, that as His child He has provided for all my needs and when He says "Go, I send you out to do my work,” He’s already gone before me. Paved the way and created the anointing that I need for the day.
Yet still it was on the blind man to be obedient to Jesus. He had to go to the pool where Jesus had sent him. He had to take the steps, had to wash, and only then could he come back healed. We also have to go where Jesus sends us. We have to depart from the old way of doing things, have to leave the ways of the blind behind. It’s vital to come to Jesus and be washed in the Word. It’s the only cure for blindness. See, Jesus has already given you what you need in order to see, he’s anointed your eyes, but the washing is where you are renewed and healed. Washing with word is basically us renewing and transforming our minds to the fact that Jesus has already anointed us, and in this instance, it’s to see.
Jesus told Peter, if I will not wash you, you’ll have no share in me. Or in other words, no partnership with me. Washing by the Word is so essential to our spiritual wellbeing! Do we want Jesus as our partner? I can’t imagine doing the work of the Father without Jesus! I don’t even know if it’s possible! God wants a people who are separated to Him, sanctified to do His will, and are free from the influence of sin. This happens when we are purified by the washing of water with the Word. Jesus has placed every single thing you and I need for Gods work inside of us. It’s in Him and He is in us. It’s in us, but we have to wash our hearts and minds in the pool of Siloam to get the blindness or the lies of the enemy off, so that we can see and believe all that He is and has for us. So that we may understand that partnership with Jesus is His complete energy and capability in us. Maybe that’s why Naaman had to wash himself seven times in order to be cleansed from leprosy. I think the lesson for us is, not only is obedience to the Word important, but also repetitive washing in this Water, until you see a change. Sometimes it takes only a day for a verse to click in my heart, but sometimes it takes meditating on it for longer periods of time. Repetition. It washes away the old mindset while simultaneously imprinting the new.
Beloved, don’t lose heart! Do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap the benefits, if you don’t give up! Forget what lies behind and press forward. Yesterday had moments of blindness, moments of wandering, moments of darkness, but praise God we are now in Today. Holy Spirit says, "Don’t live in Yesterday! Put your eyes and all your attention on Today. It’s the only time that exists that has meaning.” God really isn’t worried about yesterday and what you did there. His complete attention is on today, on how together with you, He can accomplish the works of the Kingdom. So leave behind yesterday, wash it away and come do the work of Today!
“The only thing that really matters is living by the transforming power of this wonderful new creation life. And all those who live in agreement with this standard will have true peace and God’s delight, for they are the Israel of God.” Galatians 6:15-16 TPT