Procrastination is one of the biggest reasons why people wander from God. Putting off important things and occupying your time with futile affairs can easily enough divert you from God’s perfect will — and what exactly is God’s will? Part of it is for you and I to be disciplined and responsible with our time, money, and talents. Poor utilization of the latter three commodities lead to bad discipline easily that leaks over into your relationship with God and others. Hebrews 12:11 says, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Structuring your time and energy to what matters most is what yields you profitable fruit. By poorly using what God’s given you — time, capabilities, opportunities — yields slothfulness, emptiness, and little to no self-control. So how do we kick this ever-clingy habit of procrastination?
Step one: Repent. Do you agree that procrastination, slothfulness, and idolatry is wrong? If so, confess that to God and agree to hate it just as much as He does. Ask for forgiveness, which is a fresh chance to start over anew. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Step two: Quit whining. Seriously. Hebrews 13:17 says, “…with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” When you complain and cry and basically just spread a whole lot of hot air, you’re not benefiting anyone, not even yourself. Remember, staying in God’s will yields peace, fruit, and righteousness, so He‘s only looking out for your good, to give you a future and a hope.
Step three: Separate the good from the evil. It’s that simple.
What are the things that bring about holiness, healing, and restoration to your life and relationship with God? Is it loving and serving others, meditation on Scripture, or something else? Focus on those things to continually grow and enhance them. What are your gifts and talents? Glorify God instead of self.
What are the things that are a stumbling block or promises fulfillment aside from God? Get rid of it. Matthew 5:30 says, “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Hell.” That’s Jesus speaking. What keeps tripping you up in life? Decide and get rid of it. Remember, through this we’re developing discipline and structure with God and in life.
Step four: Don’t quit. Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” And if a season does come where you do feel like throwing in the towel and slipping back into your old ways, remember that you will rise up again. “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again…” quoted from Proverbs 24:16.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.