2 Chronicles 24:5
“And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.”
An amazing comment is made about the Levites and that was when they were told to “hasten the matter,” for whatever reason they “hastened it not.” You would think of all people who would be excited about the rebuilding of the temple it would be the Levites because that was their responsibility. Instead, they procrastinated to the point where the king called for them and rebuked them for not doing the job they were told to do.
Many people ruin their name and hurt the cause of what is being done because of procrastination. Just like these people in the verse above, they put off the job they are supposed to do until they are forced to do it by the authorities. Why do people procrastinate?
First, because they don’t see the job as important. One thing I have always seen with people is that when they see something is important, they immediately do the task. If you are a person who is prone to procrastinate, you do so because you don’t see the importance of the task like your leaders do.
Second, many people procrastinate because of the difficulty of the task. My mother used to tell me that the job is not going to get easier the longer I put something off. The best way to get rid of a difficult job is to do it as soon as you are faced with accomplishing it. The longer you wait to do the difficult job, the more loathsome it becomes in your mind.
Third, many people procrastinate because of the inconvenience of the task. My friend, you cannot fall for the mistake of only doing what is convenient. Some of the greatest tasks that the LORD will give you to do will be inconvenient. You must get over the character weakness of procrastinating for the LORD’s sake and for the sake of others. Four things will help you overcome this weakness.
First, see the affect the task will have on others for the good and bad. The longer you put it off, the more you hurt others from experiencing the good benefits of you doing the task. You must realize that your procrastination is hurting others.
Second, you need to understand the undue stress procrastination puts you under. You know you have to do the job, and the more you put it off, the more mental energy you waste on worrying about how to get out of the task.
Third, see the problems you stop from happening because of taking care of things at the right time. Putting things off never makes anything better; if anything, it makes things worse. Your procrastination is causing more problems, and the more problems they cause the more strenuous the task becomes.
Fourth, overcome procrastination so that you will have the freedom to obey God. When you take care of what you are supposed to do, it gives you the freedom to obey God immediately the next time He has something for you to do. Let me encourage you to stop procrastinating and do what you are supposed to do immediately.