Seizing the Urgency: Embracing the Mission Before Sunset

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. — John 9:4-5

This text appears to be a continuation of the "I am" statement we read about in the previous chapter (John 8:12), that is, "I am the light of the world." All Jesus is doing now is making the connection that what he is about to do for this blind man is something he needs to do for men while he is still in the world. Thus he makes the obvious deduction that he is surrounded by spiritually blind people walking in spiritual darkness who need spiritual sight. But this time, Jesus adds urgency to this. He sees that his time will soon come to an end.

This statement by Jesus is one of missional urgency. Jesus is not about to be diverted. He will not let another case of confusion about his power and authority stop him. He will not let his disciples' theological assumptions distract him. He has set his spiritual goals. He has determined his spiritual priorities. He has counted the cost and knows what needs to get done. Now he is taking action because he sees the sunset is coming.

But how about you? Do you live with missional urgency?

If not, maybe you should because it is so easy in our time to become spiritually distracted and blinded by countless, meaningless, and temporal things. I watch men invest endless amounts of time, talent, and treasure into things that have no spiritual consequence. I bet you have one thing in your life today, at minimum one, that you need to radically eliminate from your life. One thing that has exhausted you of time, talent, and treasure that could be invested into something spiritual, meaningful, and eternal. Something worth investing in. Something if you did give more time, talent, and treasure to would pour out eternal dividends like you would not believe. So do that today. Because there is a sunset coming, and that sunset is the end of you.

ASK THIS: What of your time, talent, and treasure do you need to radically eliminate from your life? And then, where do you need to invest your time, talent, and treasure?

DO THIS: Eliminate and allocate today.

PRAY THIS: God, take my time, talent, and treasure from ______ and give it to _______.

PLAY THIS: Whole Heart.

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4 thoughts on “Seizing the Urgency: Embracing the Mission Before Sunset

  1. David Josker says:

    God, take my time, talent, and treasure from the meaningless things I do and give it to my family, friends and something meaningful.


  2. trent says:

    It is hard for me to tell what is strictly worldly and what is on the surface worldy yet in unseen and unsuspected ways is used by God. Speaking with my job in mind at the moment. Pretty sure the oil industry is not needed in the kingdom of heaven, but I have witnessed to, and helped to provide for, people because of my job. Yard mowing? Tree trimming? I am trying to focus on a relationship with Jesus and trust the Holy Spirit to guide me along the way into what is and is not beneficial to God in my life. I most definitely agree that with a deadline approaching we need to be spreading the word. I just do not want the liability of making the decision for myself. <—- Last sentence to be read in a light hearted Jokular tone

  3. Don says:

    Praise his holy name. This is undoubtedly one of the top distractions in my life. Between endless thought ramblings to alternative activities, I “short” my Lord and Savior.

  4. Colin Brock says:

    Right on point today brother I also have been feeling that sense of urgency of family and friends not knowing the truth in God’s word, I see alot of people just going about their lives not really concerned about the urgency of their salvation and a relationship with Jesus, I know I need to step up my game and be the disciple God needs me to be and be the giver he needs me to be, please pray for me and others alike who feel the same way to lead us on that path

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