I don’t get up in the morning as early as some, but it’s still pretty early for me. I have a 45 minute drive to work so I have my alarm set for 5:20 am to get up and get ready. Now I don’t actually get out of bed at 5:20. That’s just the first time I hit the snooze button. The alarm goes off again at 5:29 and, of course, I hit the snooze button again. Not until the alarm sounds at 5:38 do I finally crawl out of bed. Hey, what can I say? Teaching fourth graders wears you out and it’s hard to get up in the morning. At least that’s what I tell myself. But the truth is, it’s easy to procrastinate, regardless of what anyone says.
Now, if we’re honest, we all have some form of procrastination in our lives. In some cases, procrastination is perfectly harmless and has no bearing on our overall lives. But in our walk with God, procrastination can be very detrimental to our relationship with him and our growth into mature Christians. Many people even put off becoming a Christian because now is “not the right time.”
Let’s be real. Following Jesus is not always easy. Sometimes we can procrastinate and delay the good we should do for God and our neighbors. But not following through on the good we know we should do is actually sin (James 4:17). Our procrastination can be our own stumbling block. Sometimes our work for the Lord is hard. Sometimes it’s thankless. Sometimes it’s downright awkward or even embarrassing to be the only one who will stand for God’s word. But we must not procrastinate. We must not wait around trying to enjoy as much of the world’s pleasures as possible or use procrastination as an excuse to always stay in the “not yet” stage of our lives. In fact, many times waiting makes things more difficult. We cannot be like those in John 9:57-62 who found every excuse in the book not to follow Jesus.
“Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”