There might be a lot of problems, sometimes in the church today. Yet, none may be worse than procrastination. So often there are resources available, opportunities abound, but the laborers are few. But, this was true in the time of Christ as well.
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."
- John 4:35-36
- Matthew 9:37-38
Why is this true? Is it because many are unaware of their responsibility to serve in the Lord’s church? Or is it because those who are aware of their responsibilities lack the ability to serve. Or could it be, that the majority of people know their responsibilities and have the ability to serve God, but never get around to do it.
A survey of the scriptures suggests that the latter is most likely in assessing the lack of effort extended by God's people today. It would seem as if God’s people have often had a tendency to procrastinate.
Procrastinate - "to put off intentionally and habitually: to put off intentionally and reprehensibly the doing of something that should be done…” -- Websters’s Dictionary
Do we as God’s people intentionally put off something that should be done, and that to the detriment of the cause of Christ. We need to ask ourselves, “are we procrastinating, and is it causing problems for the Lord’s church."
- Matthew 20:6
The Need for Overcoming Procrastination
Some people Procrastinate Because They are too Lazy
Often times we find busy work to fill our time, and realize the work is left behind.
- Proverbs 6:6-11
- Proverbs 12:27
- Proverbs 13:4
- Proverbs 20:4
Some Procrastinate Because they Have too Much To Do
We live in a time when people are busier than ever. There’s always something being done.
- Haggai 1:2-5
- 2 Samuel 7:1-2
- Matthew 13:22
The people became so busy with the thorns of the world, they let the word get choked out of their heart. They forget to do the business of God.
Some are guilty of procrastination because they are too busy doing other things
Some are Guilty of Procrastination Because they are Too Cozy
There are people who have perhaps served in times past and been diligent and have grown tired and thus have become too cozy and procrastinate.
- Mark 10:17-22
- Philippians 3:12-16
We may have done great things for the Lord. But, we can’t rely on what we did in the past. We must ask ourselves what we are doing now.
The Perils in Procrastination
Procrastination is Perilous because It Robs Us of That Which Cannot Be Regained
Paul exhorts us to redeem the time.
- Ephesians 5:15-16
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -- Thomas Edison
Procrastination Increases the Weight of Our Burdens
When we procrastinate we get further and further behind.
- Proverbs 24:30-34
Procrastination is Perilous Because It Separates Us From God
Sin is anything which separates us from God. We need to know and understand that not only do we sin when we do the shall not commands, but also when we don’t do what we should do. When we know to do good, and we fail to do it, when we procrastinate it, it is sin.
- James 4:17
- Matthew 25:31-46
- Ezekiel 16:46-4
How Do We Overcome Procrastination?
Prescription for Procrastination
1- We need to remember our redemption.
- Titus 2:11-14
2- Urgently and diligently recognize the task set before us.
Jesus knew the urgency of his ministry, he had only about 3 years before His imminent death.
- John 9:4
3- Recognize There is Peace in Preparation
The illustration of the farmer, and his hired farmhand, tells us that you can sleep when the wind blows because you have well-prepared ahead of time.
- Matthew 7:24-27, the wise man founded the house upon a rock.
As Christians we need to recognize the redemption we have in Christ, recognize the urgency of the work set before us. And we need to understand that there is great peace in the service of the Lord.
- Matthew 25:1-13
When we see the value in prior preparation, and see the peace it brings, and we're going to be less likely to procrastinate.
Procrastination is something that can cost us our soul. Especially, if one is not a Christian and is putting off becoming a child of God. We don't know about the future. We don't know what's in store for us tomorrow.
If you’ve been putting off becoming a child of God, put it off no longer. Obey the word of God. Believe and repent of your sins, confess your belief, be baptized washing away your sins and live a faithful life. If you've been one who is a Christian living unfaithfully you can repent, today, and turn back to serving God.