Just Do it…
It sounds easy, but the truth is we actually rarely just do it!
I come across so many people who live in the past, they’re stuck there unable to move on either from a ‘golden era’ that nostalgia has frozen -and the lenses through which we look at it have become ‘rose tinted’ so they stay lost in the past.
Others have had a bad experience in the past that keeps us rooted to the spot saying “I’m not doing that again” -or even thinking about it.
Sometimes repeated missed opportunities and regrets make us feel that ‘perhaps God wont trust us again’, but God is so so gracious and his mercies are “new every morning”.
So many of us are held back by a “back” break, our past holds us back from what God has for our future.
Or perhaps it is not the past that stops us from stepping into all God has for us.
Others maybe are caught by the “front” break, some of us can be dreamers for the future, everything is ahead of us, so much so we often miss out of the present. A head in the clouds, a head dreaming away, but are we prepared to wake up and see the dreams become reality.
I know a Church and they regularly say something like this “we love what you are doing Andy and loved to help tell people about Jesus in Kingswood but we just need to sort out…” -The problem is there is always a something to sort out and the “jam tomorrow” never happens.
We live in a world of ‘some-days’ yet these some days never actually happen, a belief that one day we’ll do it (whatever ‘it’ is) -possibly-.
Yet, the present is all we have, it is here and now that we build for the future.
I remember having a short conversation with an ex girlfriend called Sam when I was 19, saying I would like to put off accepting Christ as Saviour ‘until I was older and settled down to be boring’. Yet, she died suddenly from a Methadone related death.
The truth is the future as we envisage it may not happen, the past is done and gone, the question is what is God calling us to do today.
Scripture urges us that “today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts”.
I worry that so often we put the call of God on hold, thinking a better time will arrive to be obedient.
One of my friends once said about feeling God had a call on his life but he said that he had “kept the answerphone on”.
Perhaps we aren’t intentionally disobedient, but this faithful service of God never actually happens as it becomes a warm intention that is never actually realised, it’s an empty fantasy.
Or perhaps we realise that saying “yes” to God can be costly and challenging, and so we prevaricate, we employ delaying tactics -we do everything we can think of instead of or before doing that thing we know we ought to do.
Do it now! Don’t put it off.
Carpe Diem -seize the day.
Ultimately the question is dangerously simple are we people who are obedient or disobedient?
Here is what Selwyn Hughes says:
“The consequence of disobedience to the will of God is that the time will come when we will no longer be able to hear God speaking to us”.
So, whatever God is saying to you to, don’t let baggage from your past stop you, nor fears or fantasies from you future prevent you, seize the moment and don’t put it off.
And a final few thoughts from Matthew 21.
28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.