Rethink your delays.
The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard had a theory:
If you say, “I will quit gambling forever, but I’ll do it after going to the casino tonight,” then you will never quit gambling. On the other hand, if you say, “I may not be able to quit gambling, but for today, I will not go to the casino,” then you may have hope.
I find a lot of truth in that, although I’ve never struggled with gambling. The same can be said for losing wait or exercising or reading the Bible or tithing or getting involved in missions or establishing a home budget or anything. How often do we think that one of these days we’ll either stop that negative behavior or start the good one but that we’ll make that change after indulging in the old behavior one more time. “Just one more episode of The Great British Baking Show and then I’m really going to start doing the laundry!”
When we believe in Jesus and all that He means to our lives, then there shouldn’t be any delay in our reaction to Him. Martha said that she believed that Jesus could still receive anything He asked of God, so why didn’t she go ahead and ask Him?
The reality, of course, is that our belief is almost always limited by our unbelief, our faith is tempered by our doubt. That doesn’t make us bad Christians; it makes us normal Christians.
Jesus, however, did not call us to be normal, and one path to super-normal Christianity is to rethink those delays that turn into denials.
- What behaviors of obedience do you find yourself putting off until tomorrow or “some day”?
- What lies at the root of your delays? Is it addiction to self or a lack of confidence in Christ?
- Pray today that God will make you more immediately obedient to His call and commission.