We all have the tendency to put things off until a later date, especially those things we don’t want to do. While watching an older TV program the other night with my boys one of the supporting characters summed up this attitude in a very simple way: “Tomorrow is the best day to start any project.”
We all just assume that the time to do any of these projects will be available at a later date. Maybe the task isn’t that important so why not wait a few days. No one will notice anyway, right?
Unfortunately we put off serving the Lord in the same way. When we are a young person we’ll put off serving until we’re married. Once we’re married we are too busy with marital life so we’ll serve once we have children. The children start coming and, wouldn’t you know it, we are too busy to even consider beginning to serve Him now. Our entire life we put off and put off and put off until, one day, there’s no more time to put off and our life is over.
What we fail to consider during our life of procrastination though is how short our lives could be. We just assume that our lives will be long and our opportunities to turn to the Lord endless. God’s Word tells us a different story though in the book of James.
James speaks about a person just like us in chapter four of his epistle. They put off everything saying tomorrow they will do this or that. James warns these folks that we do not control the length or duration of our lives and we don’t know what will happen from moment to moment. He says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishesth away.” (James 4:14)
We have no way of knowing how long or short our earthly lives will be. Instead of putting off serving the Lord we should do it now. Instead of putting off salvation we should call upon the name of the Lord and accept the free gift of salvation before it is eternally too late. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2b)