I remember as a student beginning a new term with lofty goals of studying a little bit every day to reap greater benefits and to avoid the last minute cram. Every time, without fail, those lofty goals would meet the reality of sitting the night before a test or paper due date needing to accomplish everything in the few remaining hours. To be honest, I did learn how to function pretty well in that routine and ended up depending on that ability.
When I became a music student in college my dependable ability began to leave me unprepared. Our exams were these things we called ‘juries’. Instead of taking a written exam or turning in a paper at the end of a term, we would sit in front of a panel of professors and play or sing (depending on your specific major) a repertoire of music. The music was assigned by the professor with whom you met every week one-on-one. He knew your skill level and ability and he assigned your final music based on projected and desired growth.
If you haven’t tried it before, you cannot ‘cram’ to play a musical instrument. Rather, true growth in ability is the accumulation of hours spent over a period of time. It takes time to train your body to do something new. Not only that, but you have to train it to do something in a very specific manner at very specific timing. It is the process (day after day) of training physically, mentally, and aurally.
I came to find that 15 to 30 minutes each day was of such greater benefit than one 6 to 8 hour sprint (of course I learned this the hard way). Maybe it was just me and my personality, but breaking that habit and mental paradigm of procrastination was extremely difficult.
It is impossible to procrastinate spiritual growth. Procrastination is based on a couple key assumptions. First, procrastination functions based on a known deadline. The closest thing we have representing a due date is SOON. The Bible repeatedly calls us to live today as if Christ’s return is tomorrow while also telling us that one day is as a thousand years to Him.
The closest comparison that we have to help us understand this reality is our own relationships. Your closest friends in life are not your closest friends because you spent a last minute 6-8 hours with them. They are your closest friends because you have spent a lot of time with them in countless settings and circumstances. You’ve spent short bursts of time with them as well as prolonged stints of time. You have spent time laughing and crying through all of the various circumstances life brings.
We cannot procrastinate a relationship with Jesus. The growth toward maturity to which we are called (Ephesians 4:13) is the joy-fillled journey of a daily relationship which threads together the laughter, tears, victory, and devastation of our lives. There is no waiting until tomorrow. You cannot work really hard over the weekend and expect to have a thriving and intimate relationship with Jesus. Even if you hear a great sermon and sing some wonderful songs two times each week, you are missing out on the joys offered to you which was bought by the blood of our Savior.
Can you imagine the joy, strength, and growth that would come from walking daily in a relationship with Jesus Christ? A real relationship in which you spent time together each day regardless of how good, bad, or mediocre it may be?
Did you know that this is the difference between an intimate relationship and an acquaintance? What if you began truly pursuing an intimate relationship with Jesus by spending time with him each and every day? How might He change your life?