No Time for Procrastination

Most of us have a tendency to procrastinate at times. We put off making that ever-dreaded dentist appointment. We wait until after the holidays to start that much-needed diet. We wait until the last minute to clean out our closets, study for a test, or pay the bills. Sometimes there’s a good reason to procrastinate. Perhaps you need to confront a friend or family member about something they’ve done that hurt you; it’s good to hold off to seek God’s wisdom and guidance in prayer before opening your mouth.

In the case of believing in Jesus as Savior, and allowing Him to be Lord of your life, there is no time for procrastination.

One example is a young man named Matthew (Matt) Springer. This 24-year-old man had been running away from God—procrastinating. When friends and family members would invite him to church, his response was often “No thanks. I don’t have time.” Praise God that wasn’t the case last December when a friend invited Matt to church and he said yes. Matt came to church that Sunday, most likely because his friend wanted him to. I wonder if Matt expected his life to change that day? For on Sunday, December 11, 2016 Matt responded to the invitation Pastor Greg gave and he rededicated his life to Christ. Matt knew he needed to reengage with God and that day he did.

Sadly, Matthew Springer died the very next day. On December 12, 2016 Matt died in a car accident, but he entered into an eternity in Heaven, with his Lord—Jesus.

God loves Matt; He knew Matt would be at Harvest OC that day, opened his ears to hear the invitation, and tugged at his heart enough to have Matt respond. God knew that Matt would enter into His presence the following day, and wanted to make sure Matt’s destination would be forever with Him, not separated from Him.

This should be a wake-up call to any who are still on the fence regarding what you’re going to do with Jesus.

Maybe you’re going to church but the life you live outside the church is filled with sin. Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “I’ll allow Jesus to be Lord of my life later; just one more party, one more drink, one more joint, one more one-night stand.” Let me tell you, from Matt’s perspective, that party, that drink, that joint, that one-night-stand is not worth the possibility of being eternally separated from God in a horrific place called Hell. There’s no time for procrastination!

Matthew isn’t in Heaven because he was a good person, or a great son, or uncle, or friend. He’s in Heaven because he put his faith in the One who went to the cross and died for his sins—and yours, and mine.

We praise God for loving Matthew Springer so much that He would draw Matt to Himself the day before he died. God loves you that much too. If you’re waiting for the “perfect timing” to rededicate your life to Jesus—stop—there is no better time than the present.

  • Realize that you’re a sinner.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

  • Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8)

  • Repent of (turn away from/stop) your sin.

The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 7:10)

  • Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:9–10, 13)

 

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