Guest Author - Dountonia S. Slack
I have always been a procrastinator. And, I have even managed to convince myself that I do my best work at the last minute. Yet, as I begin to examine myself in the light of the Word understanding that stewardship is the management of responsibilities and obligations, I am able to recognize my misuse of time as sin. I want to be used by God for His purposes. Therefore, I can no longer in good conscience throw the gift of time back in the face of the Master as I have done for most of my life. Like Christ prayed, I, too, want to “glorify God on earth by completing down to the last detail what He has assigned for me to do” (John 17:4 MSG).
Time is a valuable commodity. Whether we choose to or not, we are forced to utilize time. We cannot stockpile it or turn it off like other resources. And, (I now know that) “procrastination is a thief of time” (Eddie Smith) that we willingly invite into our lives. Putting things off for another day/time/season is an arrogant way of saying that we are in control of our own mortality. The Bible asks, “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone” (James 4:14 NLT).
Not to mention, some of us have become experts at masking our sin with secondary or tertiary activities in an attempt to appear busy. We know that there are more important tasks that require our attention; however, we choose to remain in a state of unnecessary undertakings. What a precious gift God has given us! He has given us time to repent; time to ask forgiveness from others; time to share and spread the gospel; time to be with family; time to seek Him; time to work; and, time to serve others. Yet, we show our gratitude by being lazy and insolent.
Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Everything we have – time, talent, treasure, and ministry – belongs to Him. No matter what capacity we labor, we labor not for ourselves but for the glory of God. Most of the Christians I know, want to make the most of every opportunity God has gifted them with; yet, some of us are not good stewards of that gift. “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today” (“Letters to his son” by Lord Chesterfield Stanhope).
Stewards are entrusted with an enormous responsibility. We need to use our time wisely and live with a sense of understanding of time as set forth in Scripture as it relates to the plan of God. Convincing ourselves that procrastination is an acceptable method of avoiding our call to work/evangelize/family-time only makes our time here on earth less productive for the work of God. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6 AMP)