“Do It Now”

“When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree calls north or south, it stays where it falls. Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. It they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” – Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

The other day I spilled something on my shirt, and so I went and found some stain remover. The directions said I needed to get to that spot as quickly as possible, and not to let it dry or soak in, but that I should put the solution on immediately. In other words, the quicker I dealt with it, the easier it would be to remove.

It’s the same way in our lives. When God brings something to light, revealing an area that we need to change, or something that we need to make right, that’s when we need to take action. Not next week when we feel like it, or next month when our circumstances are better. No, we need to do it immediately.

Procrastination – putting off till later what we ought to do now – is so easy to justify. We think, “One day, I’m going to do that, so I‘m really being disobedient.” We say “Someday, I’m going to get serious about my relationship with God.” Or, “One day, I’m going to get back in shape.” “One day I’m going to get my finances in order.” Or, “Sometime soon, I’m going to forgive that person that hurt me.” Unfortunately, for many people, one day never comes.

I’ve discovered that if the enemy can’t get us to be disobedient, his next plan of attack is to deceive us into putting off what we know we should do. “God, I’m planning to do it, just not right now.” “I’m planning to tithe – to give ten percent of my income to God through the church – as soon as my finances get better.” “I’m planning to serve in the children’s ministry as soon as my work schedule slows.”

We’re saying, “I have good intentions; I’m planning to be obedient, so that’s not bad.” But good intentions don’t equal obedience. And really, delayed obedience is disobedience. When God speaks to your heart about changing your attitude, or apologizing to that loved one, or treating somebody better, yet you keep putting it off, that will destroy your joy and keep you from God’s best.

Rather than being a procrastinator, be a “now” person. Start doing what God has put in your heart right now. Don’t merely intend to be obedient, promptly obey. What are you putting off? Maybe it’s to live a healthier life, or get out of debt. Perhaps, God has told you to reach out to someone and forgive. Whatever the Lord has put in your heart; don’t put it off. Do it now. Don’t try to rationalize or create reasons why you shouldn’t do it.

When you do what is right, you will walk in the blessing and favor of the Lord. Likewise, when you do the “right thing,” God will open up new avenues of opportunity for you. When you know to do right and you do it, you will be amazed at what God will do in and through you.

Everyday choose to listen to your conscience and the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. You can defeat procrastination. The next time, you think about not doing something, don’t talk yourself out of it, but do it for the glory of God.

Changing Lives for Eternity,

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson
Senior Pastor