“Where did you glean today? Where did you work?...” Ruth 2:19
Is it only me or do you also experience the interruption that a holiday can bring to healthy spiritual disciplines, like reading the word and prayer and even worshipping God with other believers on the Lord’s day?
Motivation to seek the Lord and meditate on His glories seem so easy to ‘fly out the window’ under the guise of “I will catch up tomorrow – or even later, after the holiday.”
I like how J.C. Ryle schooled himself and warned others against any kind of spiritual procrastination. He said, “Tomorrow is the devil’s day, but today is God’s. Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are, or how holy your resolutions, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.”
Spiritual procrastination is a self-imposed disease that inflicts all of us personally to some degree, which in turn affects our families and our church family. Whether procrastinating on our personal spiritual disciplines or ministry opportunities that are open to us – tomorrow will never replace what God has in store for us today.
This year will be another year of abundant opportunities to serve the Lord and be involved in ministry in our church. How are we going to respond to them?
“When I get older – when I feel right about it – let someone else do it? “I’m to busy.” All these are common excuses that fall into the procrastination bucket.
Let us be willing workers this year and be ready to serve the Lord today and let Him take care of the tomorrows! Augustine of Hippo once said, “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”