Some seasons aren’t enjoyable, but they are necessary.
For example, in my neck of the words, the trees need the Fall and Winter because they’re not designed to bear leaves year round. Spring wouldn’t be spring to them if it wasn’t for the Winter. Spiritually speaking, we may not like the Winter seasons that come our way but the Winter seasons make way for the Spring…a time of renewed strength, growth and faithfulness. So it goes with the seasons of trials and temptations that we thought about last week. They are not always pleasant, but they are necessary for various reasons! (James 1:2-4)
Today I want us to consider another spiritual season that can be found in the Bible and also in the lives of people today. This season is the season of procrastination.
Procrastination is a spiritual season altogether different from trials in that it always brings great danger with it. Trials can produce good things, procrastination produces a mess (Proverbs 24:30-34).
One of the “best” examples of spiritual procrastination found in the Bible comes from a man named Felix. This man once heard a sermon from the apostle Paul about his spiritual responsibilities to God and the judgment to come that made him tremble! But unfortunately he responded to the word that he had heard by telling Paul to:
“…Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” (Acts 24:25)
I don’t know if Felix ever quit procrastinating back then, he did do it for at least two years (Acts 24:27), but the more pressing issue at hand is are we procrastinating today with whatever needs to be done spiritually speaking?
Are we ever going to teach that class, invite that friend, kick that habit, study more diligently, speak more kindly, give more freely or hug more often? I can’t speak for what needs to be done in your life, but you can. And it might be time to start listening!
Some seasons of life come and go by themselves, but some, like procrastination, will stay as long as we are willing to let them! EA
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-11)