God is not a procrastinator. He is diligent and does what needs doing when it needs doing. He wants us to be like Him.
Consider the biblical story of creation to grasp one of our great privileges in being like Him.
Genesis 1:14 says, “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.”
When God created the heavens and the earth, He established order. He exercised dominion. One of the things we can do since we are made in God’s image is establish some order in the realm He has given us. We can demonstrate Christlikeness by wisely governing that for which we are responsible in our personal world. This is a very exciting way of co-laboring with Christ!
This is not about being control freaks or about being rigid. This is about reflecting Christ.
In creating the world, God established routine. One example is His use of the sun, moon and stars to divide day from night and help bring about seasons, days, years.
I like that phrase “establish routine.” God wisely ordered the lights, the seasons, etc. and set them in motion. Winter doesn’t suddenly hop to mid-summer; we can count on it following fall. God does not grope around in the dark shouting, “Where’s the sun? I shoulda had that up hours ago! I gotta hurry!” He established the sun in a course that it follows every day.
We who are prone to procrastinate can establish routine as part of being Christlike.
Routine helps us and our families not to grope around in chaos figuring out and doing the same things differently every day. It helps us use time, energy, and brain cells to our advantage. We have more joy and peace, and we reflect Him more clearly.
What routine would help you co-labor with God? Making the bed when you get up? Designating a time for email? Assigning places for keys, balls, shoes, bags? Consider it a privilege.
This week, notice routines God has established that bring you benefit. Choose an area where you might co-labor with Him by establishing a routine. My choice is a consistent bedtime. What’s yours?