My nature is to get things done and move on, but from time to time things will sit unfinished or even unstarted. I look at these things day after day and beat myself up inside saying “Why are you not just taking care of that? It’s right in front of but you still walk by it!” There are a great number of things I dislike about myself, but this is near the top of the list right next to my lack of patience.
Yet when I do get my head out of my procrastination and get things done I feel better. I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I feel like my world is back in rhythm. Now regardless of what kind of organizational mess you are, all of us can agree that the feeling of getting a task done is great. No one ever walks away from doing something they were supposed to do in the first place and say “wow, I should have just ignored that longer. Having that done just makes me feel worse about myself.”
That’d be crazy!
Now, a huge part of me wants to run home and start knocking out all the projects in the house I’ve been sitting on just so I can get a rush of “atta boy” in my system, but sadly I can’t do that now. After all there’s always later. :)
One area of life we really push to the “maybe later” category is our relationship with God. There is a spiritual procrastination within us all that will deprioritize God so low that He sometimes falls off the To Do List all together. The reasons for this vary and often looks like one of these:
- Sometimes we feel like we’ve neglected Him so long that there is no salvaging the relationship.
- Other times we see that our relationship with God isn’t that bad compared to other people so we figure it can hold up a little longer until we get some “free time”.
- Others will go so far as to say that God is an unnecessary waste of time and energy because He may not even really exist so why bother?
All of these thoughts are simply different degrees of spiritual procrastination and all find their root in the Evil one. Satan usually doesn’t have to work to hard to keep us normal people away from God. All he needs is to make us feel a little more tired, a little more stressed, or plant a simple thought in our mind and we are sprinting away from God justifying our retreat all the way.
However, Jesus talks with much more urgency about our spiritual life. In fact he may even come across as down right pushy if you don’t know His heart. Listen to what He has to say in the Book of Revelation.
“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” – Revelation 22:7
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:12-13
“Yes, I am coming soon.” – Revelation 22:20
I have this little rule of thumb when it comes to reading the Bible. When I see an exclamation point I stop and read it again because it must mean something important. When I see Jesus using exclamation points I stop and read it twice because He doesn’t use them often so it must be really important. That’s why when Jesus says “I am coming!” I realize that His urgency is pointed towards me and I need to do something with what He said.
Now I could always follow my natural human nature and just wait to act because after all it’s been 2000 years since He died and He hasn’t come back yet so chances are I’ve go time. Or I could stop dancing in the fire and decide I need to believe His return is real and be prepared. In other wrods I need to consider my eternal reality and make sure my life is matching up with the God I claim to know and love.
We all must realize that our current life is only the opening act for our eternal life, but it’s this life that will dictate what our life on the other side looks like. I pray we all feel the urgency of what Christ says and realize He IS coming…soon! If we believe that, then getting our spiritual affairs in order becomes much more important that cleaning out the garage so our golf clubs are off the ground. Don’t allow spiritual procrastination to hold you back from the love and grace Jesus is offering and begin living in His truth now!
Trust me the feeling of getting this taken care of will be the greatest sense of accomplishment you’ve ever felt!