“I can pray later. I’m sure I will get to reading my Bible at some point. Of course I want to serve God! But can’t this just wait a little bit?” Have you ever thought like this?
It’s easy to postpone things until later. It’s human nature. But just because it’s easy, it doesn’t mean that it should go on like that! To think like that slows down your growth in a life with Christ; it actually makes it difficult for God to complete His work in you.
The “now” way
The Bible talks about a completely new way of thinking and doing things. It talks about doing things “now”, “at once”, “today”, “immediately”! We could call this the “now” way. In 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) it’s written, “Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” The usual answer one gets from people who have been advised to make peace with God is that they want to do it later, but not now, not today, not tonight.
If you keep saying that, it will never happen; but if you do it ”now”, then it happens. By being obedient and making peace with God, you can win eternal life in each little “now” moment! This teaches us how important our time is, and how important it is to do things “now”!
This is how it should always be – step by step. If we do God's will right away, it gets done. We don't know what we will be able to do later; we don't even know if we will ever have the same opportunity again.
Do it immediately!
When God shows you the next step, do it immediately, and continue like this until the end; then you are a wise person. You will make quick progress on the way of life, and you will be a shining example to everyone else!
Pray immediately, get up immediately, write immediately, humble yourself immediately, pray for forgiveness immediately, ask immediately, do what you have been reminded to do immediately, submit to God immediately, press in to God immediately with all your might, suggest praying together immediately, serve immediately with the gift you have, bring your life in order immediately, this very day. Don't let the sun go down on your unrighteousness! Don't sleep tonight until it's done.
A blessed way of life
The “now” way is a blessed way of life! Streams of blessings pour down on this way! What an amazing, heavenly, blessed way, which leads to great progress! Why not walk on it? What is your answer to this? If we see something that is God's will, why not do it ”now”? The sooner we do this, the sooner we can take the next step, and so on, without end.
“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts … You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” Hebrews 3:7-8,13 (NLT).
It’s the same for our whole life in Christ Jesus, right to the very end. It‘s the same for every step and every deed.
All of us can do things better. So, when we see something that needs to be done better, it's important that we don’t wait until another time, but do it right away; that we make a start with doing God's will ”now”. (Luke 12:47.)