Thought #16 — The working hours of faith
Part of the “40 Thoughts of Jesus” series – know more about it.
“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” John 5.17
Jesus had just healed a man on a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest. Therefore, the religious leaders were furious. And after He expressed the Thought above, they were even more enraged, determined to kill Him. Why? Because He called Himself the Son of God.
Let’s understand this meaning of “My Father has been working until now”. We know that after Creation, God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2.2). Since then, there was no mention that God rested again. In fact, the rest of God ended when man and woman fell, in Genesis 3. After that, He has never stopped working, until now, in the effort to bring human beings back to Him.
Jesus wanted to show that there is no day of rest to save someone who is lost in their sufferings and sins. Even on the Sabbath, the day of rest, He and His Father were working to save someone.
Every worker deserves at least one day of rest. But when it comes to salvation, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, there is no Saturday, Sunday, good or bad day, tiredness or rest, day or night. Every hour is time to take care of your soul or the soul of someone else. The day you “rest” spiritually, your soul will be lost. And obviously, the souls of others will no longer be your priority — just as it happened to those religious leaders.
Working tirelessly to save others and maintain their own salvation are traits of true children of God.
Application: Do not give rest to your faith. Always keep it active to maintain your salvation and save others.
Do you take “vacation” from God from time to time? Have you ever worked on your rest day or break to save someone? Do you know someone who is always ready, working like the Father? How about someone who is religious, ready to criticize those who are of the faith, but does not move a finger to help others? Leave your comments.
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