Spiritual Procrastination

Procrastination defined, simply is to put off doing something until a later date.  Putting off things can be good or bad, depending on what they are.  For example, it may be good to put off watering the yard if it is forecasted to rain.  But on the other hand, it may be unwise to put off cutting the grass since rain is in the forecast.  Nevertheless, when it comes to “spiritual procrastination,” putting off is always bad.  It is never prudent to put off what God would have us to do, since we do not know when we will die

(Gen 27:2; Eccl. 9:5,12), or when the Lord might return (Matt. 24:36,43-44; 1 Thess. 5:2). Spiritual procrastination takes the eternal soul and consequence of sin lightly (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:14).  Jesus gave sobering thoughts as to the value of the soul.  “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mk 8:36-37).    Although we have been granted this moment, we may not have tomorrow or another hour to get right with the Lord.  Tonight or next week may never come or come too late.  “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow” (Jas. 4:14; cf. Pr. 27:1).  Therefore it is always wise, “to obey now, what you understand now,” concerning the will of God.  In this way, you will be spiritually ready for whatever comes your way.  So never procrastinate in eliminating spiritual procrastination! Because of the dreadful consequences of spiritual procrastination the Bible admonishes, “…behold, now is the accepted time—behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Please be diligent in making the most of the time that the Lord has given us (Eph. 5:16; 2 Pet. 1:10).

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