Theme: PRECEPTS FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Text: “But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” – John 4:32-34.
Comment: Our Lord and Master, taught us to be hard working. Even at the age of 12, he was found “sitting in the midst of the doctors both hearing them and asking them questions”. And when his mother, Mary, complained that they had been looking for him for three days, he said: “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2: 42-49) In the text for today we read that his disciples were begging him to eat but he refused because he had a spiritual duty to perform. Christ made full use of his days on earth to teach righteousness by precept and example. – John 13:15,17; Matthew 10:25.
The parable of the prodigal son teaches us the importance of patience, of using our time well, and of spending what we have wisely so that we would not fall into hard times tomorrow by God’s grace. – Luke 15:11-32. See also Ephesians 5:16.
We have one life to live and so must use it to do whatever good things our hands find to do. Our Saviour said: “…Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light….” – John 12:35, 36.