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Sundown Devotional: Procrastination In Our Spiritual Lives

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Procrastination in our Spiritual Lives

Procrastination in our Spiritual Lives

The Devotional

Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you” (Acts 24:25 NKJV).

When the COVID pandemic first hit, did the possibility of sudden death prompt us to change negative attitudes and habits which hinder our physical and spiritual health? Have we followed through with changes in our social, nutritional and personal hygiene habits, but procrastinated in improving our spiritual lives? If so, let us prioritize our activities.

Paul, standing in prison chains before Felix the Governor of Judea, discussed morality, noticeably absent in the Governor’s public life; and judgment, the natural consequence of man’s action. Felix felt convicted, but instead of acting on the truth, he procrastinated. His popularity became a distraction: pleasing the Jews by keeping Paul imprisoned and appeasing the Romans by offering him privileges, since Paul was a Roman citizen. The “more convenient time” to repent and establish fellowship with God never happened.

For Felix, secular issues took priority over his spiritual growth. For us, the issues may be similar: securing a position, rebuilding a relationship, even establishing a worthy organization. Nothing is worth our immediate attention if it makes us postpone our connectedness with, and our obedience to God. No need to procrastinate by praying repeatedly to know His will about things He already revealed in His Word. “Just do it.” The research says that it takes the same amount of effort to procrastinate as it does to act timely.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says about Felix: “His leaving Paul in bonds was but a final instance of one who sacrificed duty and justice for the sake of his own unscrupulous selfishness.” His later life was described with words like evil, cruel and disgraceful. He neglected change when he had the opportunity.

Doesn’t Felix’ experience encourage us to stop procrastinating when we are offered spiritual guidance? Imagine the sweet, fulfilling, divine fellowship we could enjoy if we never put God’s voice on hold. Let us remember, "Scripture says, 'If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn. Don't be stubborn like those who rebelled' " (Hebrews 3:15 GOD'S WORD® Translation).

Prayer: Loving Father, please forgive our procrastination and grant us the wisdom and strength to fully obey You, starting now, in Jesus name. Amen.

God has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

God has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

Ten Spiritual Quotes on Procrastination

  1. "It cost you a struggle to resist conviction the first time . . . now . . . you can resist every appeal without effort." ―J. M. Sherwood, D.D.
  2. "When we know what we ought to do, and we fail to move from intention to action – what we commonly know as Procrastination – we experience guilt." ―Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.
  3. "A man does not need to . . . defy his God, nor sell his soul voluntarily. He only needs to say, "Suffer me first to do this lesser thing." The moment that is done, there will be another "Suffer me first" in its place." ―H. W. Beecher
  4. "Procrastination saps power; completion gives relief." ―David McCasland
  5. “Procrastination, the thief of time, is one of the devil’s most potent weapons for defrauding us of eternal heritage.” ―J. Oswald Sanders
  6. “God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.” ―St. Augustine
  7. “The problem with spiritual procrastination is the uncertain time of the deadline.” ―Kevin Thoman
  8. “To procrastinate obedience is to disobey God.” ―Randy Alcorn
  9. “Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls, and the recruiting-officer of Hell.” ―Edward Irving
  10. “Remember, action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow.” ―Steve Shallenberger
The problem with spiritual procrastination is the uncertain time of the deadline.

The problem with spiritual procrastination is the uncertain time of the deadline.

Cause of Procrastination Poll

More Sundown Devotionals

  • Sundown Devotional: Quality Time with God
    As often as possible, let’s get closer for quality time with God so we can mature into the vessels He designed us to be for His purpose. The benefit is a win-win improvement for us and for His kingdom.
  • Sundown Devotional: Practice Playing Second Fiddle
    Both first and second fiddle roles are necessary and valuable, and the harmony is more important than the personal roles. We can remain first-class Christians while serving in secondary positions.

References

Acts 24: 22-27

Bible Hub: Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, Acts 24: 25, Copyright 2004 - 2015 by Biblos.com

Felix, the Procrastinating Governor, Copyright Jerry Shirley and Grace Notes Ministries®

© 2016 Dora Weithers

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