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What are the dangers of procrastination?

Proverbs 22:1313The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”

Proverbs 26:13The lazy person is full of excuses . . .

The first proverb names the danger; the second assumes it. But a lazy person gives lazy reasons for avoiding work. Making excuses is an unhealthy habit of the procrastinator. It’s always possible to imagine a dangerous reason not to do what we ought to do. But an invented or even real danger is no excuse for putting off what we are supposed to do.

Joshua 18:1-3How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land?

Procrastination, at times, can be a form of disobedience against God. Honoring God with others doesn’t mean much if we’re not doing what he instructed us to do.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-111 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.9 What do people really get for all their hard work?10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ephesians 5:16Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.

Procrastination causes us to miss significant opportunities and responsibilities in life. Time is a gift from God and should not be squandered.

Matthew 25:13So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

Failure to be prepared for the coming of Christ is the most costly form of procrastination.