While there may be times more thought and prayer must be put into a decision before moving forward, or other legitimate reasons, sometimes an inertia in decision-making is the result of procrastination … habitual delays rationalized by lots of excuses when in reality, you just didn’t feel like doing it.
The Problem: a lack of passion and a sense of purpose
Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained …” (NASB). To be unrestrained, according to the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, is to loose, to let go, to overlook, to let the reigns loose. In other words, we are abandoning that which we should be doing in lieu of our own comfort and convenience.
God wants us to live life purposefully, based on truth. Without a real sense of purpose, we would lack passion. Without passion, we would lack motivation.
- It’s easy to be driven by our own comfort and desires if we don’t have a higher purpose.
- It’s easy to give in to our fears about making the wrong decisions if we don’t have anything to measure them by.
Christ-like Decision-Making Guards Against Procrastination that Results in Delayed Decisions:
Read through the Gospels and you will discover that Jesus knew His purpose which caused Him to move on when it was time. He had a real passion for doing the work of the Father which kept Him advancing the kingdom. Jesus even likened doing the will of the Father to His food (Jn. 4:34) – that which sustained Him. It’s what gave Him the energy, or drive, to keep going.
If we want to be Christ-like leaders, then we need this kind of zeal for doing His will which propels us forward in our decision-making regardless of how we feel. If you struggle with procrastination, then look to the Spirit of God for the self-control needed to get beyond your excuses and to make decisions on God’s timetable rather than lag behind (Gal. 5:22-25). — “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7)
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (Rom. 12:11)