With our busy lifestyles, we often look forward to the end of the day. It’s comforting while sitting in traffic or enduring mind-numbing meetings to think about relaxing at home once the tasks of the day are over. That feeling is no different for the remote worker or the at-home mom. We all look forward to the pause that we enjoy when the day is done.

Often, arguments end with the phrase, “at the end of the day”. Those words can be like the grand finale to a heated debate, or the exaggerated period at the end of a  conversation that threatens to drag on and on.

Jesus talked about the end of the day, too. He said,

“I must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) 

In Jesus’ teachings,  the end of the day signals a time when we can no longer work. The close of day brings a final tallying of our deeds. In the parable of the hired workers, we read:

“So [the landowner] hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day.” (Matthew 20:4 NLT)

This parable teaches us about God’s mercy, but it also reminds us that we have a limited time to obey him. He has given us something to do, and when the day is over we’ll have to show what we’ve accomplished.

Lord, it is time for you to act, because people are disobeying your law. (Psalm 119:126)

So what exactly are we supposed to accomplish? Romans 8:29 gives us the answer:

Moreover, we know that to those who love God, who are called according to his plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son… (Phillips, emphasis added)

Scripture teaches that our ‘job’ is to have faith–to believe God completely. Total reliance upon Him will result in our being made like Jesus, who only did what He saw His Father do. The Father’s response was to declare His complete satisfaction with the Beloved Son. (John 6:29; John 5:19;  Mark 1:11)

When Jesus knew that His day on earth was soon ending, He gave a powerful testimony saying, the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me.

 [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]” (John 14:30 Amplified)

 As He ended His earthly ministry, Jesus gave us clear instruction about the aim of our life in Him. Daily, we are to abide in Him and cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that the enemy has less and less territory in our lives.

As a prophet and teacher, Moses expressed something similar when he prayed, “So teach us to number our days, so that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

Moses understood that life is short and that our only hope is found in living out God’s wisdom. If we apply God’s wisdom to our lives, then we won’t waste our days and come to the end of our lives in frustration with pitifully little to show for the great opportunity the Father has given us to become like Jesus.

At the end of the day, yes we may rest–but first, there will be a reckoning.

Faith Challenge: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you and convict you of time-wasting activities in your life. Be willing to eliminate them and apply God’s wisdom to the ‘extra’ time you gain.