MATTHEW 8:18-22

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

You know…... us humans are funny creatures. On one hand we think we have time to do the things we need to do, but then on the other hand we are constantly in a hurry to get things done. And what I find in my own life is the reason I am in a hurry to get whatever it is I need to get done, is because at one point in time I thought I had plenty of time to get that thing done. And then I find myself in a bind because now it’s down to the wire and I have no choice but to get it done, and I am running around like a lunatic trying to get it done, which in return causes me to be frustrated with other people because they aren't moving fast enough for me. And so the world turns. And what I have learned over the years is, it hardly ever pays off to procrastinate. But yet I am constantly finding myself procrastinating all the time. Now maybe you are thinking to yourself well I never procrastinate. Well then let me congratulate you and just say this isn’t for you and I am happy for you, but for the rest of us this subject rings so true.


And look a lot of the times we put off things that really aren’t a huge deal. Meaning if we don’t actually hit our deadline, no one is going to be hurt by it and/or it isn’t really going to affect our lives in a drastic way and so we really don’t think a ton about it. But the reality is if procrastination is something that we are constantly doing then we are setting for ourselves a really bad precedent. And when a precedent is set then we will continue to do that, if not in all circumstances, then at the very least most circumstances, and that can become very dangerous. 


In Proverbs 6 the Bible tells us to not put things off till tomorrow, instead do it now, don’t rest until you do. In Joshua 24 it tells us to choose this day who we are going to serve, to not wait and procrastinate. And in our passage, in vs 21&22 Jesus is warning the people against procrastinating. The crowd is saying they want to live for Him , that they want to follow Him, but they have to wait. They have to take care of a few other things first, and then after they do those things, then they will come and follow Him. These people are just normal people like you and I, so they are probably use to putting things off because usually it’s not a huge deal to wait. And because this is the precedent they have set in their lives, they just continue in that precedent in this circumstance as well. But Jesus rules incredibly hard on this... He says no you cannot afford to wait. You can’t afford to say after I do this or that then I will come and follow you. Men our choice to follow JESUS can’t wait. Our decision to live for Him with our whole hearts can not wait. Because this life is but a vapor, here 1 minute and gone the next. In an instant and in a twinkling of an eye, the last trumpet will sound and Jesus will call all those that live for Him to Him. So men, today don’t wait to obey His word, don’t say tomorrow I will go harder for Him. Instead say TODAY is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Jesus has called us to live for Him with everything that is within us so Real Men let’s accept His invitation. 

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