Clinton church of Christ

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

February 18, 2010

John Allan

In the early verses of John 9 we read about Jesus healing a man who was born blind. In verse four Jesus asserts to his disciples “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

We understand that integrity and discipline are involved in doing things in a timely manner. Even when we struggle with procrastination (you’ll get around to admitting it some day) we recognize that it is not the ideal way to handle things. Yet, every once in awhile it is good to have that reminder that we must “make hay while the sun shines.” In other words, when we are able to do something, let’s do something!

This past weekend was a humbling one for me. I had my spiritual batteries re-charged from the lectureships I had attended and was excited about jumping head-first back into work. Then Saturday came and my health had other plans. As I spent much of the weekend lying on my back weak, miserable and exhausted I was reminded of how plans can change. There is a lot about my life that I cannot control nor predict. What I can control is what I do with the opportunities that are presented to me.

Jesus said “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11). Sometimes we spend our time thinking about the “much” (some great thing we are going to do in the future) and forget to be busy doing the “least” (the little things that we can do today).

Are you saving your energy waiting for one great big thing you can do for the Lord? Or are you taking advantage of opportunities to do things right now in His service? They might not be flashy things; and they might not be things that are particularly noticeable. They are, however, things that equip us for greater service in the future and ensure that we are using our time here on earth wisely.

Scripture taken from the King James VersionĀ®. Copyright Ā© 1989 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 8:45 pm and is filed under Morals.

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