“…perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also…” 2 Corinthians 8:11
Often when we hear of a need that someone else has, we are willing to help and want to do so. However, the tendency, at least in my own life, is often to put it off or not make it a priority so long that the opportunity passes or we just forget about it. The longer we put off doing good for someone, the less important and pressing it seems to do so.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul encourages the people to give to other saints in need as they had purposed in their heart to do the year before (8:8). Does that remind you of your procrastination? Hopefully not. 🙂 And I don’t want it to be me. James 4:17 says, “to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” That’s serious. I want to encourage you today to do good for others. Don’t put it off when you hear of a need. I wonder if one of the most neglected forms of doing good is praying for someone. Sadly, I have to admit there are times someone has asked me to pray for them or a situation, I said I would do so, and then I failed to do it. Though unintentional, that is a sin. If possible, pray for that person or need right away or write it down to help you remember. Other situations may call for a card to be sent, a meal to be provided, or a call or text to let them know we are praying for them and see if they need anything. It may be a monetary gift that is needed for a missionary or someone in the church. There are so many ways to give of ourselves to help and encourage others. Look for ways to show love and concern, and then don’t put it off. Do it as soon as you think of it. Most likely there is someone either already on your mind or you could think of someone quickly who could use an act of kindness from you.
Ask forgiveness for your past oversight and procrastination, then think of a way you can do good today, someone who needs your love, and bring it to action.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35
Are You Performing or Procrastinating?