Divine Service

by Stephen F. Olford

Text: "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work" (John 9:4).

Thoughts: Many ancient translations read, "We must work the works of Him that sent me." Jesus was showing His disciples that association with Him in the doing of the work of God is nothing less than divine service. We are "God's fellow workers" (1 Cor. 3:9). Stephen OlfordWhat dignity, liberty, and urgency this brings into our Christian service.

1. There Is the Obligation to Divine Service. "We must work the works of Him that sent me" (v. 4). This divine obligation is a lifelong sense of responsibility and accountability to God. Service for the Lord Jesus Christ was not only important but imperative. There was a "must" in every aspect of His redemptive work (see Luke 2:49; John 3:15-16). Our oneness in Christ in salvation makes us one with Him in service.

2. There Is the Objective in Divine Service. "We must work the works of Him that sent me" (v. 4). This is our task and, therefore, our objective in divine service. Our spheres of activity may be varied, but the objective is ever the same: the completion of the Body of Christ through holistic evangelism.

3. There Is the Opportunity of Divine Service. "We must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day" (v. 4). A sense of urgency characterized our Lord in everything He said and did. Indeed, He taught and demonstrated by His life two important principles in regard to the matters of opportunity. First, all time must be redemptively maximized. Jesus worked to a timetable and therefore never wasted a moment (John 2:4; 12:23; 13:1). Secondly, all talents must be redemptively exercised. The Lord Jesus gave His all-and so must we.

Thrust: Go, labor on; spend, and be spent: Thy joy to do the Father's will; It is the way the Master went; Should not the servant tread it still? - Horatius Bonar