Think how many times Jesus speaks of the landowner and the vineyard, Mt 13:24ff; 20:1ff; 21:33ff
In Mark 13:34 it says a man went on a journey and put his slaves in charge giving each man his own work. It emphasizes that even the doorkeeper was charged to do his job and be alert.
The charge to work, made to every man, was enjoined with the reminder to be alert because of the landowner’s return which is clearly speaking of Jesus and His return in the future.
Thus we conclude that until Christ returns, we all must be serving and being alert. We all have a work. There is no Christian who is without a duty in the vineyard of the Lord.
Woe to the slave that is found sleeping or distracted from “his work” God has given to him.
I have heard it often said that 90% of the Lord’s work is done by 10% of the people. Well I don’t know statistics, but I do know that 100% of Christians are to be about the work. And there won’t be any excuses on judgment day if God’s work is neglected.
Jesus said in John 17 that He glorified the Father because He completed the work given to Him. Then after Jesus says He is leaving the world, He says that the disciples are to remain in the world that they might also glorify the Father. How are they to glorify the Father except by doing the work God has given to them. This chapter is famous for showing disciples are “in the world, but are not of the world.” God wants the Christian family to be doing the works that glorify the Father in heaven. And every disciple must be about this work.
Ask yourself if today will be a day that you do God’s work. The works a man does may be segregated into two parts: noble and ignoble. “Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Tim 2:20,21
The point is that we can fill our lives with ignoble things that don’t amount to a cent in heaven. And God has ordained that we all have a task to do which is of heavenly significance. And the labors we do mustn’t be the “wood, hay, and stubble” which don’t stand the fiery test of judgment day.
Today we should pray with others and bring them into God’s presence. Today we should read and meditate on God’s Word and commit Scriptures to memory. Today we should invite someone to study about Jesus and encourage someone to join you in worshiping God this next Lord’s Day (Yes, it is the Lord’s Day and we ought to start treating it like it is His day!).
Until we get serious about the work of God, all of us, the great mission of spreading the Gospel will be left undone. And what will Christ Jesus say to us on the judgment day?
Said in love, Dan Mayfield