Jn 5:17 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
When reviewing the earthly life of our Saviour we find a diligent, conscientious, and hard working individual. Christ’s mission and motivation was focussed always on the Father’s concerns. Prior to stating this verse, Christ healed a man born blind, He warned him to stop sinning and now faced persecution for doing good on the Sabbath. Unperturbed His response is at one with God the Father.
The Father is always at work and so to am I working. What is this ‘work’ that Christ refers to? Is it an earthly concern of increased profits or productivity? Is it in achieving best practice and improving bottom line? The glory of sporting prowess? Hardly. Christ’s work is the Father’s work. And the Father’s work is in helping others and saving them. It is that simple, yet so difficult to understand.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8). Christ Jesus announces Himself as the way. The original believers are referred to as belonging to the way (Acts 9:2). Christ’s way that is, not our own. For our way is not His. Doing good for others is integral to following Jesus (Ep 2:10). Loving neighbour corresponds with helping people and not just our immediate family for even pagans do this.
A follower of the way is to help even those he is estranged to (Luke 10:29-36). That is the work. That is the Father’s work. In doing so love is shown in speech and in deed. Often those helped, as is the case with the blind man, then fearlessly proclaim their testimony of Christ’s love and Christ’s actions in helping them. Whose work are you doing?