DANGERS OF PROCRASTINATION
Procrastination: to put off intentionally the doing of
something that should be done
As one person
rightly said ďProcrastination never won a race, received a promotion or changed
the outcome of any situation.Ē
There is no value
to procrastination yet every does from it time to time. So the first thing I
want to talk about this morning is procrastination in our everyday lives. I
will be the first to admit that I have been guilty of procrastination several
times. For example: I build my house that I live in right now and it took my 9
months to do it, but there were 3 things I didnít finish that I said I would
do. 1. I said I would install a storm door on side entrance. I had the storm
door stored in my shop while I was still building the house but I did not
install it until last year almost 5 years after I said I would do it. Now there
are still 2 other small jobs in my house that probably wouldnít take me more
than a hour to do but guess what I havenít done them.
Of course none
of things are going to cause any real problems but they certainly are examples
of procrastination. All of us are guilt of this in our everyday life. For
instance many times we put of going to the doctor when we should whether it be
for a regular check up or for a pain that we are having. Many of us plan to
build things or go certain places but we always manage to find a reason not do
suffer great heartache because of procrastination. For example some have wanted
to tell their mother, father, or someone close to them how much they loved them
and appreciated them but they waited to long and that person died before they
had the chance. The same thing has happened to family members who were angry at
one another and then one day the decide their differences arenít worth keeping
them separated from each other but the decision comes to late and the person
dies without every knowing that you had forgiven them.
has always been a problem with people and in some instances it has cost people
their lives and even won battles for people. For example an incident
from the American Revolution illustrates what tragedy can result from
procrastination. It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British
The British ambassador Nolbert Quayle said, "Only a few minutes' delay cost him his life, his honor, and the
liberty of his soldiers. Earth's history is strewn with the wrecks of
half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. 'Tomorrow' is the excuse of the
lazy and refuge of the incompetent."
So, as we can see procrastination can be very dangerous as it can cost people their lives. Think about this for a minute, how many of us would want our fire fighters to procrastinate when our house is danger of catching fire from a nearby grassfire? How many of us would want a ambulance driver to procrastinate on getting to our home while our loved one is suffering from a heart attack? How many of was would want a police officer to procrastinate on responding to a prowler trying to break into our home? Of course all of us would say no, I wouldnít want them to procrastinate. Yet that exactly what we do over and over again. Procrastination is our enemy and if we ever want to get anything done in this life we have to learn avoid procrastination.
One sneaky way that procrastination works in our lives is that we fool ourselves into thinking that because we keep busy everyday that we are being productive. However, a person needs to examine what they are busy doing and is what they are doing really that important. For instance some people become workaholics and they stay busy everyday working which leaves them no time to do those things they should be doing like spending precious time with their husband or wife and their kids. They have little time on their hands to study their Bibles or to reach out to the lost. Even though this workaholic is busy they are procrastinating because they are neglecting those things which are more important in life. It important the sit down and make list either mentally or on paper and start asking ourselves what our most important priorities are in this life and then we need to make another list of what we are currently making our priority. If doesnít match up then we need to start making the changes in our life so that we have our priorities straight.
So far we have examined procrastination in our everyday life, now I want to turn our attention to the dangers of procrastination in our Christian lives and what the Bible has to say about it.
Again just as in our everyday lives we have all been guilty of
procrastinating in our spiritual lives from time to time. The first century
Christians had this problem as well. For example in 2 Cor. 8 Paul does his best
to encourage the congregation at
2 Corinthians 8:10 And in
this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began
and were desiring to do a year ago;† 11
but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a
readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion
out of what you have.† 12
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what
one has, and not according to what he does not have.
In context Paul is talking about them
taking up a collection for their brethren that needed it. You see they had
promised to do a year ago but they still hadnít done it and Paul is encouraging
them to complete what they started. The key to doing this is found on verse 12
which first their must be a willing mind. If this church had a willing mind to
do what they said they would do then it would have already been done.
This same thing happens in congregations
today. They plan on doing this or that but winds up being a bunch of empty talk
because none of their plans every get implemented. This type of procrastination
can be dangerous because breeds a sense of laziness and once a church adapts
this way of thinking nothing will ever happen because no one will have a
willing mind to do anything and so as congregation we should avoid putting off
those things we would like to accomplish.
There are also many other areas that we
procrastinate as individual Christians. Now last week I preached on how we are
brothers keeper and how we are to love one another as Christ loved us. Then
talked about several ways that we show that love toward one another. Just a
mention a few of them we said the we could receive, exhort, serve, and forgive
Now think about how many times we
procrastinate in showing this love for one another. How many times have we thought
to ourselves well Iím going to do such and such for brother or sister so and so
but we keep putting it off. Or how many times have we told ourselves Iím going
to get know that Christian better but again we put it off. You see
procrastination is opportunities greatest enemy because we have all had many
opportunities to show our love for our fellow brother or sister but because of procrastination
we never did it. I want to point out one of the verses I used last week.
3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in
departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it
is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin.
†The writer express the importance of taking of
care of business today and not tomorrow. We have to realize that tomorrow may
never come as James says,
James 4:13 Come now, you who say,
"Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there,
buy and sell, and make a profit";† 14
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
We must train ourselves to have willing mind to do what needs to be done today to show love toward our brethren. This same concept applies to reaching out to the lost. Jesus said,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,† 20 "teaching them to observe
all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age." Amen.
There is no is room for
procrastination in the word ďgoĒ. One our main purposes as a Christians is to
try and lead other to Christ and we do this by our words and or deeds, as Jesus
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven. †
procrastinate in this area. How many opportunities have wasted to tell someone
about God because we convinced ourselves that we would talk to them another
day? I personally know of several people that I wished I had talked to over the
years but now its to late because they have already passed away.
Procrastinating is this area is very dangerous for those around us because what
you might have said or done can possible make the difference between that
person being lost or saved. I know its difficult for us to muster up the
courage to talk to people but we have to learn to overcome that fear because
their soul is at stake. Notice what Paul says about this in,
2 Corinthians 5:11 †Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we
Paul didnít want anyone
to have to face the wrath of God and so he always did his best to tell everyone
about God and what happens if you do not accept him. He expresses this to the
Ephesians Elders in,
"Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the
blood of all men.† 27
"For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
It imperative that we
learn to be like Paul in this instance and make sure that we teach all the
truth and not just part of it. Not only must we teach it we must live it. We
cannot successfully lead people to Christ if we procrastinate when it come to
our example. People are always watching us and so we have to careful that we
live what we teach. Notice what Paul says about this in,
Philippians 2:14 Do all
things without complaining and disputing,†
15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of
God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom
you shine as lights in the world,† 16
holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that
I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
Another area that we
procrastinate in is found in,
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore
such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be
When someone falls away
from the Lord we are suppose to jump to action and do what we can to restore
them, however many times we fail to act and instead we put it off and we simply
make plans about talking to this person. This should not be the case because
the longer we wait the farther they are going to drift away. It can get to the
point where we will never be able to reach them again. While I am talking about
this I want to remind you that I have a CD out in front called, ďfinding your
way back homeĒ and I recorded this lesson so that you can give to those who
fallen away so that it might remind them of why they fell in love with God and
became a Christian in the first place. So, if you know of someone that has
fallen away I encourage you to pick one up and give it to them and them to
consider the message and their relationship with God.
Now I know it can be
scary talking to those who have fallen away but we must try because God wants
them to come back home so that they can be restored to his fold.
Another are that we
procrastinate is our prayer life and this can become very dangerous as Jesus
Matthew 26:41 †"Watch and pray, lest you enter into
temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
When procrastinate in our
prayer life we are opening ourselves up to temptation and we will find
ourselves growing further and further away from God. It real shame when get the
point in our lives when we cant find the time to talk to our God. When we fail
to pray as we should we show a lack of trust and a lack of love toward our
father in heaven. We need all the help we can get to deal the problems that
life throw our way so let us never procrastinate in our prayer life.
Christian is very dangerous because it can make the difference between us making
it to heaven or spending eternity in hell. Jesus makes the very clear in,
"Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find
so doing.† 47 "Assuredly,
I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.† 48 "But if that evil servant
says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,'† 49 "and begins to beat his
fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,† 50 "the master of that
servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour
that he is not aware of,† 51
"and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the
hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus is talking about
the 2nd coming here and he saying in these verses that when he comes
those who are serving him will be rewarded but those who are procrastinating
because they think they have plenty of time before that occurs are going be
treated like the hypocrite who will be cast into the fiery lake. Jesus
reemphasizes this same concept in next chapter with the parable of the 10
virgins and the parable about the talents. So let us always strive not
procrastinate in our Christianity or could lead us to spiritual death.
Now our third and final
point this morning has to do with how some play the dangerous game of
procrastination when it comes to obeying the gospel and becoming a Christian.
To many people have the attitude of Felix as we read in,
Acts 24:24 And after
some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for
Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.† 25 Now as he reasoned about
righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and
answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for
was interested in hearing about Jesus because of Paulís faith in him. But as
soon as Paul started talking about how a person has to live a righteous life
and exercise self control this was beginning to seem like to much trouble to
Felix. Then when Paul started teaching him about what will happen at the final
judgment day it scares Felix and he doesnít want to think about such things nor
does he want to make any changes in his lifestyle so he procrastinates and as
far as we know he never became a Christian.
is the typical attitude of many sinners today. They want to put off obeying the
gospel because the are not ready to make that kind of commitment. They donít want
to know about details they just want to think that there is loving God that
will save them no matter what but this simply is not the case. One thing we as
humans are great at is making excuses of why we shouldnít obey God today. In
fact this illustrated by Jesus with a parable in,
Luke 14:15 Now
when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to
Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the
From this parable we can
see that some who are invited to accept God saving grace will make up all kind
of excuses of why they cannot accept his grace. Then it talks about those who
were invited and they did accept it and they were allowed the privilege to dine
with the master and those who choose of their own free will to procrastinate
will never be allowed to taste the masters supper. Does this apply to you this
morning? Have you been putting off becoming a Christian because you are not
ready to make the commitment to serve God with your whole mind, heart and soul?
Donít you think its time that you stop gambling with your soul and thinking
that you will always have tomorrow. Peter tells us,
2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure,
for if you do these things you will never stumble;† 11 for so an entrance will be
supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior
also stresses the importance of obeying the gospel call today in,
2 Corinthians 6:2† Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now
is the day of salvation.
the question becomes how does a sinner obey the gospel call?
first of all we can see that we must go to Godís word to find out how to be
James 1:21 Therefore
lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness
the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
But there more to
salvation that reading Godís because we must obey it and James says in the next
James 1:22 But be
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Please remember that just
as Paul stated to Ephesians Elder we examine the whole council of God
especially when it comes to something as important as be saved or being lost.
One thing that we must do
in believe that Jesus is the son of God.
John 8:24 †"Therefore I said to you that you will
die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die
in your sins."
Now some folks stop here
and they thing that are saved by faith alone but this simply is not true in
fact the only time that the term faith alone is used in found in the following
James 2:14 What does
it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can faith save him?
James 2:17† Thus also faith by itself, if it does not
have works, is dead.
James 2:24† You see then that a man is justified by
works, and not by faith only.
I cant stress it enough we must look at the whole council of God. The next
thing we learn that we must do is repent.
Luke 13:3 "I
tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Now the type of
repentance that is being talked about here is not merely saying Iím sorry it
means that you have a change of heart and you are going to do your best to live
the way God wants you to. Paul explains this type of repentance in,
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now
I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to
repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer
loss from us in nothing.† 10
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted;
but the sorrow of the world produces death.†
11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly
manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what
indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In
all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Bible also teaches us that we must confess Jesus as our Lord.
Romans 10:9 †if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
Now this is not some one
time confession but it is to a continuous one and we can do this verbal and by
the way we live our life.
Now so far we have found
out that we must look to Godís Word to find out how to be saved and we have
learned that several things are mentioned to be saved such a believing,
repenting and confessing but the Bible reveals one more crucial step† that makes the difference of being saved and
being lost and that step is being baptized into Christ for the remission of
your sins. Peter makes it clear for that baptism also saves us in,
1 Peter 3:21 There
is also an antitype which now saves us -- baptism (not the removal of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God),
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,†
We also learn from the
scriptures that a person still haves theirs sins until they are baptized and it
should be obvious that if we are still in our sins then we cannot possible be
saved before baptism. Notice a couple of passages,
Acts 2:38 Then
Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Anybody with a sincere
heart for the truth can understand this simply passage. It clearly says that a
person must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their
sins. No baptism = no forgiveness of sins which = separation from God. You also
notice that the Holy Spirit is not given until these commands are followed. So
again no baptism = no forgiveness of sin = no holy spirit given = separation
Finally we can see this
with Paul when Ananias tells him,
Acts 22:16 And now
why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on
the name of the Lord.'†
Now in context Paul had
encountered Jesus on the road to
Friends it doesnít get
any clearly than this that a person must be baptized in the name of Jesus for
the remission of their sin or they will be lost. Now once you accept God saving
grace at the point of baptism you must then continue to live a faithful life to
So if you are here the
morning and you are ready stop procrastinating when it comes to obeying he
Gospel call then why donít you come forward this morning and be baptized into
Christ so that your sins can finally be removed making you a born again
Or if you are here this
morning and you need to repent publicly of something please come forward as we
sing our invitation song. †