Go About Your Business

When Temple Hall, London, was built, the Masters of the Bench ordered a handsome clock to be placed there with an appropriate motto for it. For many days the skillful mechanic waited for the motto, until, becoming impatient, he made his way to the Bencher’s Chambers, and pressed them for the needed words for the motto. One of the Masters, becoming angry, rose and said to the mechanic: “Go about your business.” Thinking this was the order for the motto, the mechanic put the words around the clock. It was a fitting reminder.

When Christians look at the clock, though there may be no motto transcribed over, under or even near it, the clock reminds us that as long as the clock ticks, there is work to do. Jesus said, “We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). With each tick of the clock less time if offered for us to use the talents, strengths and opportunities that come our way

Paul was grateful for the fellowship he received from Philippi and wrote of his confidence that “he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). Let no Christian flag in his or her work the Lord has begun but to be diligent in labor for the Lord, knowing that it is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).

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