When Are You Doing the Assignments?

When Are You Doing the Assignments?


The life of a student is marked with assignments which in most cases have well stated due dates. Research or experience suggests that most students usually do their assignmentsy, a day to the due date. This is not unique to the academic world. Observed occurrences would give us the guts to term it a human behaviour. Most people crowd the polling Stations late in the evening to cast their ballots, many people throng the public offices to do their requisite registrations on the final day.There’s always an  overwhelming traffic on the online portals on the final days when such servers remain open. I even think that many people are hitherto, yet to file their tax returns. Could you be one of them?  

But I want to bring us to another exam that is more demanding. The exam of life. In this exam of life the real focus is on the development of Character. Character is the great harvest of the age. At the end of it all a reward commensurate to the score in the index will determine the results. Unlike our school assignments where performance is determined probably by what we did in one night prior to the due date, the exam of life demands more than that. Your behaviour throughout the time given counts. The law of GOD demands more than our actual acts. It pins down even the motives. 

The books of heaven record the sins that would have been committed had there been opportunity. 5BC 1085.4

So while we may score everything, our wrong and unsanctified motive, though is not a problem in worldly systems, could be a hindrance to eternal security.

Is There a Due Date for the Exam of Life? 

To this end, the due date is called the probationary period. A time has been given each and everyone of us to work out our qualifications and fitness for the two possible rewards; either pass or fail. 

“God created man for His own glory, that after test and trial the human family might become one with the heavenly family. It was God’s purpose to re-populate heaven with the human family, if they would show themselves obedient to His every word.” ~Conflict and Courage  21.5

God has success in mind when He created us, but failure is also possible because we have been granted the power of choice that we can exercise either for or against GOD. 

However, we don’t know the due date and this makes a great difference. 

What if we Knew the Due Date?

One day a friend asked me, “What could you have done if you knew today was your last day on earth?” This is a sobering question. “I would confess all my sins, call all the people I love and apologise to those I have wronged, et cetera. Why don’t you do that now? 

The  records have it that many atheists, deists, agnostics, sceptics and  vain philosophers always repent bitterly on their deathbeds. 

It’s only a few people who want to live for God’s glory. Many want to live their lives this way: 

“Live to the glory of self and selfish indulgence of unsanctified passions, then repent a minute to the close of Probation and be counted worthy of eternal life.”

To many of us, a knowledge of when probation closes, would make us more impenitent and unfaithful. And so even though the power of choice is ours, we will not be able to exercise it forever. In fact after death, nothing can be done to make your case different from your due reward during the examination period in your life. The doctrine of purgatory is a human shortcut and inconsistent with sound doctrine. What does the word of God say?

KJV Ecclesiastes 9:5-6  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

KJV Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

When you die, the due date is over. By the way, when will you die? I don’t know and so do you? But we know we will die, so it’s wise to make every privilege of time count. A knowledge of when probation closed, cannot do us good, for we may become gamblers in matters so important. 

You and I don’t know the due date, and so it is expedient that we have the Assignments ready. I thank God I don’t know when I will die, but my prayer is to make use of the time given me, to be a servant of God and a friend to man. 

Before the Flood, after Noah entered the ark, God shut him in and shut the ungodly out; but for seven days the people, knowing not that their doom was fixed, continued their careless, pleasure-loving life and mocked the warnings of impending judgment. “So,” says the Saviour, “shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:39. Silently, unnoticed as the midnight thief, will come the decisive hour which marks the fixing of every man’s destiny, the final withdrawal of mercy’s offer to guilty men.Great Controversy  491

KJV Revelation 22

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without (outside) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Now is the time to do the Assignments, and be ready. 99.99% though is often deemed magna cum laude, is not good enough before the divine examiners. 

There is something peculiar about faithfulness. Although you can be a little bit famous or a 

little bit rich, you cannot be a little bit faithful. Faithfulness has something exclusive about it that demands undivided attention. Either you are faithful 100 percent, or you are unfaithful. If you are faithful 95 percent, you are not faithful but unfaithful. Faithfulness 

requires total commitment. God wants our undivided loyalty and full, complete dedication.”


The life of a student is marked with assignments which in most cases have well stated due dates. Research or experience suggests that most students usually do their assignmentsy, a day to the due date. This is not unique to the academic world. Observed occurrences would give us the guts to term it a human behaviour. Most people crowd the polling Stations late in the evening to cast their ballots, many people throng the public offices to do their requisite registrations on the final day.There’s always an  overwhelming traffic on the online portals on the final days when such servers remain open. I even think that many people are hitherto, yet to file their tax returns. Could you be one of them?  

But I want to bring us to another exam that is more demanding. The exam of life. In this exam of life the real focus is on the development of Character. Character is the great harvest of the age. At the end of it all a reward commensurate to the score in the index will determine the results. Unlike our school assignments where performance is determined probably by what we did in one night prior to the due date, the exam of life demands more than that. Your behaviour throughout the time given counts. The law of GOD demands more than our actual acts. It pins down even the motives. 

The books of heaven record the sins that would have been committed had there been opportunity. 5BC 1085.4

So while we may score everything, our wrong and unsanctified motive, though is not a problem in worldly systems, could be a hindrance to eternal security.

Is There a Due Date for the Exam of Life? 

To this end, the due date is called the probationary period. A time has been given each and everyone of us to work out our qualifications and fitness for the two possible rewards; either pass or fail. 

“God created man for His own glory, that after test and trial the human family might become one with the heavenly family. It was God’s purpose to re-populate heaven with the human family, if they would show themselves obedient to His every word.” ~Conflict and Courage  21.5

God has success in mind when He created us, but failure is also possible because we have been granted the power of choice that we can exercise either for or against GOD. 

However, we don’t know the due date and this makes a great difference. 

What if we Knew the Due Date?

One day a friend asked me, “What could you have done if you knew today was your last day on earth?” This is a sobering question. “I would confess all my sins, call all the people I love and apologise to those I have wronged, et cetera. Why don’t you do that now? 

The  records have it that many atheists, deists, agnostics, sceptics and  vain philosophers always repent bitterly on their deathbeds. 

It’s only a few people who want to live for God’s glory. Many want to live their lives this way: 

“Live to the glory of self and selfish indulgence of unsanctified passions, then repent a minute to the close of Probation and be counted worthy of eternal life.”

To many of us, a knowledge of when probation closes, would make us more impenitent and unfaithful. And so even though the power of choice is ours, we will not be able to exercise it forever. In fact after death, nothing can be done to make your case different from your due reward during the examination period in your life. The doctrine of purgatory is a human shortcut and inconsistent with sound doctrine. What does the word of God say?

KJV Ecclesiastes 9:5-6  For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

KJV Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

When you die, the due date is over. By the way, when will you die? I don’t know and so do you? But we know we will die, so it’s wise to make every privilege of time count. A knowledge of when probation closed, cannot do us good, for we may become gamblers in matters so important. 

You and I don’t know the due date, and so it is expedient that we have the Assignments ready. I thank God I don’t know when I will die, but my prayer is to make use of the time given me, to be a servant of God and a friend to man. 

Before the Flood, after Noah entered the ark, God shut him in and shut the ungodly out; but for seven days the people, knowing not that their doom was fixed, continued their careless, pleasure-loving life and mocked the warnings of impending judgment. “So,” says the Saviour, “shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:39. Silently, unnoticed as the midnight thief, will come the decisive hour which marks the fixing of every man’s destiny, the final withdrawal of mercy’s offer to guilty men.Great Controversy  491

KJV Revelation 22

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without (outside) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Now is the time to do the Assignments, and be ready. 99.99% though is often deemed magna cum laude, is not good enough before the divine examiners. 

There is something peculiar about faithfulness. Although you can be a little bit famous or a 

little bit rich, you cannot be a little bit faithful. Faithfulness has something exclusive about it that demands undivided attention. Either you are faithful 100 percent, or you are unfaithful. If you are faithful 95 percent, you are not faithful but unfaithful. Faithfulness 

requires total commitment. God wants our undivided loyalty and full, complete dedication.”

12 thoughts on “When Are You Doing the Assignments?

  1. Wowh!
    This is sobering piece. I’m learning that in this Assignment, there’s no rigging, no cooking other’s and no excuse. My prayer as I’m reading this piece is that God may give me power to perfect my character and to operate just as His ways demand not mine because I don’t know when His clock will stop ticking for my sake.

    God bless you Mtumishi Barack.

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