Every person has an area of life where he or she excels. Some are great at music or art while others are gifted in physical feats of athletic achievement. There are people gifted in architectural design and others skilled at the actual construction of what another person planned. We know folks that are intellectually “quick” and there are others of us who were never considered particularly gifted scholastically, and as we age, we are losing ground fast!
Most of us are extremely gifted and skilled in one area of life with regard to one behavior choice….procrastination! We justify not cleaning out an attic or closet because of the press of our schedule. We fail to get a repair done because it just slipped our mind. We don’t exercise because it is just too hot (in the summer) or too cold (in the winter). And, we are always “going to diet” tomorrow!
The area where we most delay is in doing the things that would be of eternal benefit spiritually. How many ways have we been creative in convincing ourselves that we are not disobedient to the commands and will of God?. We tell ourselves that we are very willing in spirit to be committed to Christ, but He knows how stressed we are, or how much our family demands of our time, or how by the time we get our “to do’s” done, we are just too exhausted to be “about our Heavenly Father’s business”.
Before long, sinful thoughts become deeds. Spiritual apathy controls our actions. Spiritual malaise leads to sloppy moral choices. Spiritual indifference breeds spiritual insolence. Spiritual dereliction becomes spiritual destitution. Spiritual dedication gives way to spiritual despair. Delay in the spiritual realm nourishes the status quo of sinfulness. The writer James warned us that “lust gives birth to sin, and sin when it is finished, brings forth death”.
Dr. George Sweeting wrote in Special Sermons for Special Days: "Several years ago our family visited Niagara Falls. It was spring, and ice was rushing down the river. As I viewed the large blocks of ice flowing toward the falls, I could see that there were carcasses of dead fish embedded in the ice. Gulls by the score were riding down the river feeding on the fish. As they came to the brink of the falls, their wings would go out, and they would escape from the falls.
"I watched one gull which seemed to delay and wondered when it would leave. It was engrossed in the carcass of a fish, and when it finally came to the brink of the falls, out went its powerful wings. The bird flapped and flapped and even lifted the ice out of the water, and I thought it would escape. But it had delayed too long so that its claws had frozen into the ice. The weight of the ice was too great, and the gull plunged into the abyss."
The finest attractions of this world become deadly when we become overly attached to them. They may take us to our destruction if we cannot give them up. And, as Sweeting observed, "Oh, the danger of delay!" (copied).
Don’t procrastinate!! It is later than we think. All procrastination with God moves us further away from Him and His will. Wake up! Check your location with regards to Jesus. Don’t delay! Eternity is too long to waste!