Does it really matter to God that I procrastinate? You bet!
Last week we looked at some terminology scripture uses about procrastination. (August 25 post) That got my attention since the terms do not exactly endorse my bent to put things off.
Why does it matter to God that I procrastinate?
It matters because it’s not like Him. And He wants us to be like Him.
This includes the Lord’s desire for godly fruit in our lives. Procrastination prevents godly fruit.
Pondering that, I find Romans 8:29 comforting and exciting at the same time.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
I saw that my Father God created me intending to conform me to be like Jesus. That means He created me with the intention of working some changes in me.
My Father loves me unconditionally. At the same time, He desires to make me more like Jesus.
First He saved me. I can’t earn salvation. That comes only through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Now that I am a Christ follower, God desires fruit in my life. That means He desires to see character change in me and influence for Christ through me in the lives of others. Procrastination prevents godly fruit.
Therefore, God desires to work changes in me that allow Him to produce fruit in and through my life.
Need for change is normal. It’s part of God’s purpose for me, part of my calling. Through His changing me I grow more like Him and others are drawn to Him.
God in His amazing love for me cares that I procrastinate because it hinders His work for godly fruit in and through me. So in love He desires to change me.
This week would you join me in praying this prayer? Dear Heavenly Father, please impress upon me the sweetness of your love for me and the goodness of your changes. In Jesus’s name.
Ana Perry says
Thanks, Beth, for this wonderful insight. It’s so encouraging to know that The Lord is committed to continuing his work of transformation untIl we are with him in glory. Encouraging…and also challenging to continue to cooperate with him not growing lazy or tired of changing so we can continue to become more like Jesus. I tend to think of procrastination as it relates to the lack of or delay of doing, but have not thought of how it relates to being.
Thanks again for your words of wisdom, I really look forward to your postings.
Love you, dear friend!
Beth Sterne says
Thank you, Ana. This realization has certainly given me a boost. So have your words of encouragement!