Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
Procrastination is perhaps the greatest weapon that the Devil has. He may allow us to convince ourselves of great future deeds of evangelism, so long as we forever keep them in the future. This theme is emphasised not only in the Bible but also in the Christian writings of such great evangelists as Spurgeon in his essay Perilous Procrastination and C. S. Lewis in his Screwtape Letters.
Why is procrastination so powerful? And what does it tell us about human nature?
Procrastination in the Bible
The very first command given to man in the Bible is to tend to the Garden of Eden. More prevalent, however, than vignettes of man’s success, are those of man’s failure, and the Bible is no exception. Even Paul was subject to procrastination (Acts 15:36-41) in his failure to reconcile with Barnabas.
Lest you be tempted to think that procrastination is thus fine, think again. As GotQuestions shows in their article on the subject, the Bible, again and again, warns of the dangers of procrastination. ‘Consider the ant, oh sluggard’ and ‘do not let the sun go down on your anger’ have even worked their way into popular culture and have to some extent lost their significance.
Procrastination in Our Lives
Why is procrastination dangerous? After all, the Bible commands us not to work on Sunday, and not all Christians are called to service.
This may be your response to the message this article sends. But procrastination applies to every area of our lives, be we the greatest of missionaries or the lowliest of servants. Here are just a few examples from the Bible:
Lack of Procrastination in Ministry
This is likely the most obvious application of the Bible’s words on procrastination. Of course missionaries should not procrastinate. Why would they? They are bringing the word of God to every corner of the earth, and they must not fail in pursuing their mission. The salvation of many depends on it.
Notice that pursuing is the operative word in the previous sentence. Criticising missionaries for their lack of results is not righteous anger.
Lack of Procrastination in the Church
But even we who are not called to service in the mission field must not procrastinate. We have duties in the church as well: we are called to help our pastors, our deacons, and our Christian brothers. We should follow God’s commands, attend church, and commit to fellowship with other Christians.
Lack of Procrastination in Evangelism
All of us – missionary, pastor, deacon, or member of the congregation – Jew or Gentile – rich or poor – are called to evangelism. This is the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:16-20, and we are all commanded to obey it.
Hell is a reality.
Procrastination is no small enemy. It has conquered many great Christians and it can easily conquer us. But, in both our heavenly and earthly attributes, it is an enemy that we can defeat with the help of God. Our worldly pursuits and our human procrastination should never supersede our higher calling. So go out into the world – and share the word of God.