Spring Forward!

J. D. Conley
March 13, 2016

Today is the first day of daylight saving time (DST). We have lost an hour of sleep in exchange for more hours of daylight in the evening. Springing out of bed an hour earlier may not have been as easy as winding our clock ahead one hour, but now that we are up and alert the adjustment won't take long.

The approach of DST is punctuated with the easy to remember command to "spring forward!" All of us at one point last night wound the hands of our clocks and watches, or pressed buttons to riff through our digital alarm clocks, in order not to be late for Bible class and worship this morning. It may have been a chore, yet we saw the need to do so.

But we as members of the Lord's church, soldiers of the cross, those who belong to Christ, understand that to spring forward is something that always needs to be done in the kingdom of God. The church is to be engaged in constant labor and Christians are to be working early and diligently.

Our Savior set the example for us. He did not command us to do something without doing it Himself. He not only performed the task, He attached an urgency to it. He told His disciples, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest" (John 4:34-35). Here Jesus condemns procrastination and commands an immediate recognition to work. He is saying, "spring forward!"

Later in John He declares, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (John 9:4). Here He impresses upon us both an obligation and a time limit. Christians must work the works of Christ while we have life (day), because death (night) is coming. His implication is to "spring forward!"

Before His ascension back to Heaven, He commissioned us to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15-16). Certainly this passage shouts out, "spring forward!" Let us get busy with the task at hand.