We’ve all done it. Some still do, some more than others. For some it is a bad habit.
That’s right – procrastination. The more often we put things off, the easier it becomes and a bad habit is forming. Not the rearranging of trivial tasks, but the putting off of things that matter.
It can affect the carrying out of our responsibilities, which in turn affects those around us.
Sometimes we don’t see ourselves, and what we do or don’t do, as affecting anyone else. It gets easier to say “I’ll do it later.”
Do not delay in making important decisions and acting on them, especially in our spiritual lives.
Don’t let other things take first place over spiritual matters as in Luke 9:59-62: “And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”.
Two men were asked by Jesus to follow Him, but each had something else to do first.
Can you imagine looking into the face of Jesus as He talks to you and wants you to follow Him and you say in effect “later”!
Procrastination can do that to us.
Every day is a blessing from God and should be used wisely. There may not be another opportunity to do what should be done today.
Once time has passed, it is gone and you can’t get it back and there is no guarantee of “later”. 2 Peter 3:10: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”.
Matthew 25:13: “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”.
People tend to think of procrastination as just innocent idleness, but the devil can use it to his advantage and if we are not careful it becomes a serious threat to the salvation of the soul.
As our brother Bowman said “If you miss heaven, you’ve missed all there is”.