Procrastination or Priority?
Perhaps you put off scheduling that dentist appointment because it’s not your favorite activity. Maybe you struggle to start that assignment because you’re not sure where to begin. You delay that home improvement project because you always seem to have more important things to do.
You may be able to get by for a time, but eventually it will catch up with you. Your projects and deadlines can come due all at once leaving you woefully unprepared.
But you’re not too worried. After all, there’s still plenty of time, right?
Mormonism places an emphasis on your actions now. You’re told to live up to your side of the covenant. There are additional expectations to become worthy. If you reach that point, there’s even more waiting to be done in the temple. A cursory overview of Mormonism might lead a person to think there’s no room for delay.
Yet a closer look reveals that Mormonism actually encourages procrastination. It teaches that there is a spirit world after this life on earth where you will have more time. In fact, this emphasis is a consistent theme from their leaders. “If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete” (October 2017 LDS General Conference).
Mormons realize the impossibility of trying to become perfect in this life. They take comfort in the hope that they have more time. If they can’t get it right now, they’re not too concerned. They can focus on it later. This leads them to become comfortable with not being ready for judgment.
The Bible speaks of heaven or hell. There’s no in-between. There’s no waiting room. Death ushers us directly to personal judgment. “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
That brings an urgency to get things right now. Death doesn’t wait until you’re ready. Our time of grace here on earth is our only opportunity to know God and be found in him.
How thankful we are that Jesus has already accomplished all that is needed! He removed our sins. We’re covered with his perfection. In Jesus, you are ready right now.
Sadly, many Mormons are not ready. They try their best and hope it will be enough. Deep down many are concerned about Judgment Day.
This brings a sense of urgency for us. The time they have to trust in Christ alone is short. The time to reach them is now. “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Don’t procrastinate your witness. Make it a priority. Make an intentional plan today. Pray dangerously for opportunities to share your hope. Then boldly walk through those doors.
You may still procrastinate scheduling that dentist appointment or tackling those dreaded items on your to do list. However, once you experience the joy of helping others discover they are already perfect in Christ right now, it’s no longer something you avoid. Instead, it becomes your highest priority and you just can’t wait for the next opportunity!
It’s a busy time of year, but it also brings new opportunities to witness. Check out this week’s witnessing tip with an encouragement to step through those open doors.