I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
When Jesus came to earth, I believe it’s clear that He knew what his purpose was. From his childhood he knew who his Father was. He knew he would be the sinless lamb to pay for the sins of the world. There was no wavering in this calling and mission. He had complete confidence in who He was and Gods plan for His life. He completed all the works that God had for Him and sat down at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. It’s easy for us to look at Jesus and say of course he knew what God’s will was for Him, He is God. It’s harder for us to know God’s will. I would like to argue this point if I may.
I believe this verse can apply to us as believers as well. We are to do the works of, “him that sent me.” There lies the problem. I see three things I need to do in regard to this passage. 1.. I need to know what works God wants me to do. The answer to this question is easily found in the scriptures. 2. I need to do them. This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s one thing to know what God wants me to do, it’s more difficult to actually do it. The works God has planned for us are impossible. We could never do them. That’s why we must walk with Him. On the playground there are pieces that are way to difficult for my 2 year old to overcome, but if I hold his hand we can overcome any of the obstacles. This is the same with God. We can only do the works He has for us if we are close to Him. 3. I need to not worry about the works God has called others to do. We can loose sight of our task by watching others do theirs. God has given us different backgrounds, gifts, and knowledge to accomplish the tasks He has given us. Our focus is to remain on the will of “him that sent me.” With such a brief time on earth, we should be giving our all to be close to our Savior and accomplishing his will.