Buckle up y’all… let’s go somewhere together.
I recently heard someone say something they’re working on (and hoping to conquer) in 2019 is procrastinating what needs to be done.
His words have been circling through my head along with this section of Scripture mentioned briefly on Sunday morning.
Before we go any further, let me tell you this: I am a procrastinator. I’ve ALWAYS put things off to the last minute.
That college paper? Wrote it the night before (or morning of) the due date.
The lines to memorize? I tend to keep my scripts backstage so I can sneak a glance before I hit the spotlight.
That kind message I keep meaning to send? Often gets forgotten.
Taking a look at our budget to see how we can give more? Haven’t done it yet.
That Bible Study I’ve been meaning to ask about having? Haven’t asked.
The soul searching and quiet time with God to ask Him to point out my flaws, and cleanse my heart however He can so He can make me more like His Son? I can do that tomorrow, right?
James 4: “13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
I used to isolate verse 17. Take it out and, if I’m being honest, use it to judge others who weren’t doing what I thought they should be doing.
Friends, it’s not a verse to be taken in isolation (is any of the Bible?? Context is so important!).
Procrastinating what I KNOW needs to be done, is sin.
I just opened up an entire area of sin in my life I had no clue about yesterday.
So putting off that assignment, not cleaning my room, etc. are they sins in and of themselves? I don’t believe so, no. But they ARE a symptom of a sinful disease: boasting in the arrogance of tomorrow when tomorrow isn’t promised.
I am so grateful for the grace of God which, in and through Christ Jesus, cleanses me of my sins.
I’m also grateful that He gave me today, now, to right this wrong. And I pray that IF He gives me tomorrow, I steward those 24 hrs WELL >> not putting off what needs to be done for another day, but doing what I can to use every hour I’m given the way He would have me use it.
So friends, let’s do what we can TODAY, if the Lord wills. 💗