John 5:10-17Amplified Bible
10 So the Jews kept saying to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not [a]permitted to pick up your pallet [because it is unlawful].” 11 He answered them, “The Man who healed me and gave me back my strength was the One who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the Man who told you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away [unnoticed] since there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews began to persecute Jesus continually because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working.”
The Word of God for the Children of God.
Adeste Fidelis! Venite Adoremus! Dominum.
Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.
“My Father is always working, and so am I” (John 5:17).
Always is a big promise.
We cannot uphold the promise of always meaning always any more effectively that we can uphold the promise of never saying never again.
But God can.
He is always working.
Jesus is always working.
The Holy Spirit is always working.
But what is all of this work, and what does it have to do with us?
“Man was created from the beginning in God’s image that he might image forth God’s glory,” John Piper wrote. Paul wrote to the Corinthians,
“So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Jesus was in argument about working on the Sabbath with Jewish leaders when He said, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
They were upset Jesus had performed a miracle on the Sabbath.
The Life Application Bible explains
“Genesis 2:2 says that God rested on the seventh day, but this does not mean he stopped doing good. Jesus was saying that when the opportunity to do good presents itself, we should not ignore it, even on the Sabbath.”
Work, in the context of John 5:17 and translated from the original Greek language it was written in, means to work out.
The days on our calendars flip over with purpose.
God goes before us, behind us, and is with us.
We were created to bring glory to Him with our everyday lives.
Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear” (Philippians 2:12).
Work, in this context, means to bring about.
We bring glory to God by obediently following His lead on our lives, as the Holy Spirit progressively sanctifies us.
Everyday life may seem ordinary, but if we stretch our perspective to align with the Lord’s, we will certainly start to notice the extraordinary in our daily lives.
What is God’s Work?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God’s plan all along was to save us from ourselves.
He gave us free will, and we chose to rebel against Him.
It began with the original rebellion in the garden, and continues to flood into our current existence. Jesus didn’t pop onto the pages of the Bible in the New Testament Gospel accounts.
The apostle John clarified, He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus was sent to live among us and die for our sins.
Through Him, we are justified by His atoning sacrifice, once for all (Romans 3:25-26).
He did this to accomplish the will of His Father, so we can live life to the full (John 10:10).
He came to give us an example to live by, though we will never accomplish it in perfection as He did, without sin.
Jesus came to serve not be served (Mark 10:45).
Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10)
Jesus came …. (John 10:14-17)
14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]— 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My [very own] life [sacrificing it] for the benefit of the sheep. 16 I have [a]other sheep [beside these] that are not of this fold. I must bring those also, and they will listen to My voice and pay attention to My call, and they will become [b]one flock with one Shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My [own] life so that I may take it back.
Jehovah God’s work is infinite and ongoing, and never ends from the scenery surrounding us to the days of our lives and onto eternity. (Psalms 121, 139)
What is Evidence of God’s Work?
Genesis 1:26-28 Amplified Bible
26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
We are evidence of God’s creation.
“Very good,” is the way He described His creation.
“In His image” gives us a sneak peek into the question of what God looks like and is like.
“The existence and attributes of God are evident from creation itself, even though sinful human beings suppress and distort their natural knowledge of God,” James N. Anderson wrote.
Psalm 19 vividly expresses a doctrine of natural revelation: the entire created universe ‘declares’ and ‘proclaims’ the glorious works of God.
Beautiful sunsets and scenery around the globe automatically give way to the evidence of God’s creation.
But He isn’t done yet.
He’s still creating.
Scripture says He knit us in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)
We have unique purpose on this earth, as evidence of Him.
In a parable Matthew recorded, Jesus said,
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23).
The evidence of His work in our lives is the by-product of the work He has given us to do based on the talents He’s placed in us.
Whatever our age and stage in life, He is working through our relationships with the people He has placed around us.
The work we do is meant to point to Him.
The way we live is meant to lead others to Him.
We are made in His image.
We are evidence of God.
The Great Commission utterly envelopes us as it did those disciples, to ‘GO!’
God’s goal is to reach every heart and soul, and eye and ear, hand and foot with the Gospel, and He’s never failed to keep a promise.
We are part of that promise.
Not because He needs us, but out of His love for us.
The work He gives us isn’t easy, but it’s light.
Matthew recorded Jesus words:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
The evidence of God’s work in our lives is the way we live them, in our active and daily pursuit of Him.
Telling of Him, not only with our mouths delivering Gospel truth, but our lives putting it on full display, bringing above and beyond maximum glory unto Him with everyone who comes to know Him, experience Him, love Him through us.
What is Our Part?
Colossians 3:22-24Amplified Bible
22 Servants, in everything obey those who are your masters on earth, not only with external service, as those who merely please people, but with sincerity of heart because of your fear of the Lord. 23 Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.
Life has a purpose we cannot fully see from our limited perspective.
Whatever we find ourselves doing, we are called to do with all of our hearts.
Not perfectly, because that’s an impossible thing for us to attain.
God wants the totality of our hearts to be dedicated to Him.
Our part is to put Him first, not ourselves and not the opinions or approval of other people. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.
Our part is to serve others, get our hands and feet dirty with all of our hearts.
Paul wrote to Timothy,
1 Timothy 1:14-16 Amplified Bible
14 The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realized] in Christ Jesus. 15 [a]This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example or pattern for those who [b]would believe in Him for eternal life.
Our part is not to lose perspective on our dependance upon Christ alone and our need for constant forgiveness and redemption in this life.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” Luke recorded Jesus’ saying (Luke 19:10).
Our part is remembering we once were lost, now are on a mission for the lost.
Our part is communicating we once were lost, now on a mission to labor in the fields of God’s kingdom, to give aid and comfort, a living hope of a true future.
Hebrews 11:1-2 Amplified Bible
The Triumphs of Faith
11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. 2 For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval.
To lead, guide and direct others towards the voice of their Savior Jesus Christ.
To be evidence of Jesus to the people in our lives, which brings glory to God.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us Pray,
God, Builder of all things, I know that when I acknowledge your authority and your power that you will make my paths straight in front of me. Please empower me to live a greater life in Christ. May your Holy Spirit who lives in me draw me closer to you. Give me a mind of understanding. Let me see as you see, and not as the world sees. Let me labor as You labored, Let me serve as You first served, let me love as You first loved. I trust your judgment fully and know that my own judgment is limited. I believe you have everything in control, and you will guide me and my hands and my feet, my heart and my soul to labor to exactly where you require me to go. Amen.
Adeste Fidelis! Venite Adoremus! Dominum.
Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.