Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. While the word itself is not found in the Bible, we can find some principles to help guide us. Sometimes, procrastination is the result of laziness, and the Bible has plenty to say about that. The Bible commends hard work and industry, and warns against sloth and slackness.
One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. The Christian should be supremely motivated to be diligent in his work, since he is ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.
The Bible says that when it comes to some things, we should never delay. Jesus taught that reconciling with an offended brother should be done immediately upon our remembrance of the situation. He also said to “settle matters quickly” with our adversaries. However distasteful it may be to pursue peace with an enemy, we must avoid stalling. Similarly, we are instructed, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). Dealing appropriately with our anger is a matter of great importance, and we must not put it off until tomorrow, which will give the devil “a foothold”
Christians must not procrastinate when it comes to sharing the gospel with the lost. There is no time to waste. Jesus likened evangelistic efforts to a man inviting people to a great banquet. As he sent out his servants with the invitations, he said, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” (Luke 14:21). The invitation is opened to everyone, but there is a matter of urgency!
Ten virgins await the arrival of the bridegroom and the commencement of the wedding feast. Five of the virgins were prepared for his arrival; five did not attempt to prepare until it was too late, and they were left behind. Jesus calls the unprepared virgins “foolish”; one reason they were unprepared may have been that they procrastinated.
So in the matter of our spiritual life, we dare not procrastinate. It is also unwise to delay healing a broken relationship or dealing with anger. Procrastination is a bad habit that can have eternal effects. Don’t delay, do that which you have to do now. Yield to the promptings of the Spirit and fulfill the task He has committed into your hands. GRACE TO YOUR HEART!
*** PRAYER FOR THE DAY – Dear Father, I have received your Word in me and the ability of the Spirit is at work in me, I ask for the power of the Spirit to set me on course always and place in into that which God has assigned for me to do in Jesus name, Amen.
*** CONFESSION OF THE DAY – I am a doer and I don’t delay. I have pleasure in accomplishing all my tasks. I do not procrastinate, I am not slothful but agile and I am well able always. Hallelujah!!!
***QUOTES OF THE DAY –
[On Love] – When we shift from negatively complaining to positively affirming, conditions change.
[On Life] – Fall forward, in your failing, and rise up with a soul on fire!
[On Success/Business] – Gratitude places you in the energy field of plentitude. Glow with gratitude and see how awe and joy will make their home in you.
- SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE – Hebrews 3:12 – 15.
- ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN : Morning – John 7 28 – 53 ; Evening – 1 Chronicles 25, 26, 27
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