But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 (NLT)
If a man stalls his vehicle on a track with a train fast approaching, it seems as though he has two choices, provided he wants to live. He could stay in his vehicle and keep trying to start the vehicle or he could open the door and run.
When you really think about it, he has a third choice. He could procrastinate. Procrastination, like any choice, brings consequences.
We often think that when we procrastinate, we are only delaying a decision. Actually, procrastination always implies carelessness or laziness. When we procrastinate, it’s not because we don’t have access to enough information to make a decision. Often, we already know what to do. We simply don’t feel like doing it for one reason or another.
Some have made procrastination a habit. When it comes to making a decision, they often wait until it’s too late, hoping that somehow things will get done on their own. They never do. Procrastinators are unaware that in not making a decision, they are making a decision. Their failure to act usually has negative consequences, especially over the long-term.
James tells us that if we don’t begin to act on what we learn from God’s Word, we only deceive ourselves. Decide to instantly obey the Word. Don’t wait; just trust God. Obedience will begin to cause your life to move in new, exciting directions!