Are you affected by the chronic ailment of procrastination? I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it the day after that. I just can’t face it today but next week when I’m feeling better I’ll do it for sure.
There is a story that Jesus tells about procrastination and its end result. In this case he is talking about the necessity of being prepared for his second return to earth. He uses a wedding as the setting and there are both wise and foolish women waiting for the bridegroom to show up after dark. All of them have lamps with them but half of them don’t have any oil so what good is that going to do them?
Realizing their error they ask the woman with plenty of oil to share with them but the wise women nix that and suggest they go buy their own instead. While the women Jesus calls “foolish” are gone to make their purchase, the bridegroom shows up and everyone who is prepared for him goes into the wedding feast. The foolish women cannot gain entrance even when they come back pounding on the door.
Jesus ends the story with this; “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:13) What are YOU waiting for? Are you procrastinating in making a decision to follow Christ or is it that you need to decide to serve him 100%? Have you told yourself you will get around to it “tomorrow”?
I suggest you procrastinate no further. Do it now. Get that oil in your lamp while the gettin’ is still good. The day will come when it will be too late and many will be on the outside looking in. You don’t know – maybe that day is “tomorrow”.
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