Dr. Joseph P. Metoyer, Jr., Pastor/Teacher
June 1, 2003
Text: 1John 4:18
Subject:Why Do Christians Procrastinate?
Introduction: There are dozens of fears that can immobilize you and cause you to procrastinate. What do you do if a fear brings you to a screeching halt? The most effective way to strip these ghosts of the power they hold over you is to look them squarely in the face. Identify them. Put a name to them. The better you know them and the more clearly you see them, the less frightening they will seem.
Fear drives us to the point of procrastination. Ask yourself, what am I running from that I cannot start or complete a given project? Proverbs 28:1 "The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion." What are you, wicked or righteous?
The Bible uses the word, "Perfect" to describe a type of "Love". This word, "Perfect", means something that is fully mature, or complete. In other words, when "perfect love" shows up fear checks out. This love is "Agape". It is God’s love. This love is not selfish love but it is God’s love, it comes from God. 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
A. God is not looking for perfection in us, just excellence. Carpenters have a statement they make when they make a mistake. "It is not a Grand Piano but it works". Ephes. 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephes. 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind. Ephes. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us… The love of God is complete and it is mature and it has no fear in it… "Perfect Love THROWS off fear".
"Torment" is the Greek word, "Ќολασις”, meaning when “fear” is in our lives there is room for correction, or even punishment and its use has a reference to the satisfaction of him who inflicts the fear. You use to go the Magic Mountain and pay your money and get in a long line and get on "Collasis", a roller coaster, and look forward to the punishment you would bring on yourself. Some people look forward to procrastinating because they enjoy the punishment; they even gain a sense of accomplishment because they are familiar with feeling of not starting or completing the tasks.
A. The only one who fears, is the one not made perfect in love. Proverbs 4:23-27 "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil."
Application: The story of David and Goliath… (1 Samuel 17:32ff)…