“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”
My pastor from years ago, Dr. Jack Hyles, used to say that he wasn’t as talented, or as good of a leader, or as good of a preacher as other preachers, but he learned that he could do more than them if he outworked them. He would say that one thing they could not do better than him was that they could not work harder or longer than he worked. This mindset is what God used to build his great ministry.
Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me…” Jesus understood that there are many works of God that can be done, but those works will not work themselves. God uses people to do those works, and Jesus chose to give His life to work those works that He was sent to do. If God is going to bless the ministry where you are, whether you are a pastor or layperson, you must work the works for that ministry to be blessed. Let me share several thoughts about this great truth.
First, the ministry is work. To think that you can build a ministry for God without working is not going to happen. Yes, you are going to get tired when you work in the ministry because working will make you tired. I hear people complain all the time that they are tired because of all the works that are going on, but they certainly enjoy the benefits that those works produce. You are never going to see God do anything through your life without working.
Second, God uses work to build ministries. People often call me about what the LORD is doing in our church, and they ask me what I am doing to make this happen. My answer is always that we are working hard at doing the works of God. I have always learned that God blesses me more the harder I work. Yes, some will give excuses as to why God is blessing someone, but it comes down to the fact that those who work hard are successful.
Third, you must will yourself to work. Jesus said, “I must work…” He was saying that there are times He had to will Himself to work. You are not going to always feel like working the works, and in those times you are going to have to will yourself to do those works. It may be in those times when you do the works out of duty that God blesses you the most.
Fourth, the works that God wants to do will not work by themselves. God has big days for your church or ministry, souls that He can save, and lives that He can revolutionize, but none of those works will happen unless you work the works. People don’t get saved without hearing the Gospel from a soul winner. Buses don’t get filled without a bus worker working every week. Lives won’t be changed without a believer helping other believers. All the miraculous stories you hear about lives being changed happened because somebody worked the works.
Fifth, you only have so much time to work the works. You are not going to be young forever, so you had better work the works “while it is day.” There is going to come a time in your life when your health won’t be there to do the works, so instead of playing and giving your time to things that won’t matter to you when you get old, you had better work the works that God has sent you to do. My friend, when you work the works, the works will bless your work habit. God will make sure that your work will never be in vain if you keep working the works.