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2.18.22 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Procrastination

TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NKJV)

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I can be the Queen of Procrastination. My to-do lists are long, and sometimes, I’ll delay even the easiest of tasks.  Not because I have something more pressing but simply because “I don’t wanna.”

A lot of people procrastinate looking into Christianity. They like the concept, they are intrigued by Jesus, but they love where they are. People procrastinate a decision to follow Christ for a variety of reasons:

  • They think they have endless time to make a decision (Luke 12:16-21). 
  • They love their sinful habits (Proverbs 2:14). 
  • They aren’t willing to put their hand to the plow without looking back (Luke 9:62). 
  • They certainly aren’t willing to take up their cross to follow Christ (Matthew 16:24-26). 
  • They don’t want to take off the old man and put on the new (Ephesians 4:22-24).
  • They love themselves more (2 Timothy 3:1-2).

Some of these people feel they’ve compromised in their procrastination. They think they are good with “the man upstairs” without getting personal about it, and they revere “Mother Earth.” Perhaps, they think by worshipping the creation, they are paying homage to the Creator (Romans 1:22-25). (Yeah, that’s not how that works.)

Procrastination is a slippery slope. Time vanishes before we know it, and suddenly, tomorrow becomes next week; next week becomes next month; next month becomes next year; next year turns into decades. 

But procrastination isn’t just a dangerous game for non-believers. It’s for the prodigals who have fallen away. They know there is a better way. But shame and guilt keep them procrastinating a life lived for Jesus.

I know. I’ve been there, done that, got the tee-shirt.

As a voice of experience, after wasting the better part of two decades as a procrastinating prodigal, I promise — Today is the day. There is no time like the present to get right with God. Right now is the best time to start (or renew) a relationship with Him.

All that the world has is cheap and temporary compared to the eternity God offers. His Word gives us the roadmap. The years of procrastination are wasted, but the days lived for Jesus are enduring.

If you haven’t made a profession of faith, why are you waiting? If you have fallen away from your faith, don’t you want to come home to your Heavenly Father?

And if you are a believer and think there’s nothing here for you today, consider this… is there anyone in your life who needs Jesus? Have you procrastinated telling them about Him? Have you hesitated to invite them to church? Again, today is a great day to start.

Today, as you pray, thank God for His blessings and all He offers those who follow Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you get over procrastination and help you make the first steps of faith. The first steps back to faith. Or the first steps to invite others to faith. Ask Him to give you the words and ask Jesus to write faith on your heart today. As the Author of faith (Hebrews 12:2), He has His pen ready.

SHARING ••• My Grace-Full Life is written by Denise Heidel. You are welcome to share anything I write, but please credit my writing and graphics accordingly. Visit www.MyGraceFullLife.com to read past blogs. Subscribe through my website to have My Grace-Full Life delivered to your email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the NKJV translation.

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