Words from the Heart for Friday December 18th, 2020
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 9:4-5 (NIV)
As Long As It Is Day
According to a recent report from Workers Health and Safety Canada, “Anxiety, depression and stress are just some of the mental health issues reported by shift workers. Working shifts can also complicate family, social and community life. Most social activities are scheduled at night or on weekends — times when shift workers may be working. Scheduling “quality” time with a spouse or children may be difficult. Fatigue may also impact “quality” time. Shift workers experience higher divorce rates compared to workers employed on day shifts.”
The world can be a challenging place. This is particularly so for Christians who live in countries where it is illegal to worship or evangelize. There are over 50 countries in the world where Christians are currently being persecuted. Some of them are countries where, at one time, Christianity flourished and Christians were free to practice their faith. The loss of freedom came suddenly, and must have been shocking. Jesus spoke of this issue in John 9:4-5: “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Jesus was training His disciples to take the Gospel into the whole world. While He was on earth, He faced opposition from the religious leaders, but until His death, He and His followers moved freely around Galilee. Jesus knew that those same disciples would face opposition and martyrdom. So, He encourages them to do the work of the Father while they had the ability to do. It is a good warning for us as well, here in Canada.
These have been words from the heart.