2 Corinthians 6:2 "Behold, now is the accepted time; for TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION."
Good evening friends. I'd like to share a VERY IMPORTANT message the Lord have me about the dangers of procrastination. I learned it from my own experience.
Many real Born again Children of God due to their close and personal relationship with God always feel that when they're about to die,God will let them know on which day exactly they're going to die.
Due to this, they feel reluctant to do some things. For example, God can tell them to evangelise to someone and they'll postpone it,thinking they have all the time in the world.
That however is not the case. At times God will let someone know when they're going to die as it was to King Hezekiah but those are countable cases.
Majority of times, real Christians too die just like other people, at unexpected times. That is the way of nature and it has been established that just as every human being is born, there will come a time that they will die. It is not in any way unfair for a Christian to die without being told as death is the order of life.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH PROCRASTINATION
Recently, I got sick out of nowhere. I had a terrible fever and I can't remember ever being sick worse than that before. As far as I can remember, it is the worst my body has felt sickness in my life.
What I thought was just another ordinary flu progressed into something serious.
I had taken a dress to a tailors shop about 5 minutes from where I stay and suddenly realised that I was not feeling like myself. That short 5 minute walk seemed like an hour and I felt like taking breaks in between to rest.
When the tailor was done, I couldn't even try the dress on for lack of strength and just assured her that I'm sure its just fine. She kept insisting that I try it on but I couldn't. I just told her that I'm sure she's done a good job. I don't know what she must have thought at that moment,but I was not worried about that as even standing had become a burden and I was perspiring.
That was the beginning of a long sickness. I could not go to work even if I wanted and stayed away from work for days on end.
At home, all I could do was sleep and even turning from one side of the bed to the other was a chore. It took great effort.
I was terribly sick and would wake up in the morning to take a bath and literally lie down all day, whether awake or taking a nap until it was sleeping time in the night.
I had no appetite to eat and even if I was to eat,I had no physical strength to do so.
All prayers,songs and reading of the bible ceased as they were not in any way possible due to my state.
My throat hurt so bad from a sore throat that I couldn't even talk without excruciating pain.
This is not an exaggeration at all. This is exactly how I was feeling.
I called my mother and tried to explain through my painful throat that I was under attack and she should pray for me.
At this point,I began to become more aware of the spiritual realm and felt distant from the physical realm. I was 100% sure I was dying. I felt detached from everything else in the physical realm and felt like I was watching everything from a dream and it was not real. Everything felt so far away.
I knew without a doubt in my heart that I would die from that sickness. However I wondered how I can die so young with so many plans ahead of the things I'd like to do for God,as well as the things I'd like to achieve in my life.
Also I wondered, "How can I die when God did not warn me that I'll die?"
At that point,two people flashed in my head,and they were people I had never evangelised to, even if the Lord had told me to. I always thought I can always evangelise to them anytime, as there's all the time in the world,I thought.
However at that point, the Lord taught me just what I wrote in the beginning of this post, that being a Christian does not make one anymore special when it comes to death than others.
The Lord made this become a reality to me and I understood it in totally and it sank deep in me.
When this truth came to me,I wondered then how could I go to heaven when I still have pending things the Lord told me to do but I procrastinated them thinking I have all the time in the world?
Despite me realising this, I knew the end had come for me. This was not an experience to give me a revelation of this truth but it was the literal end for me.
At this point, I begged God in my heart for a second chance,and that I would do everything He told me to do as if I was dying the same day and would not procrastinate it,and asked Him to help me do so.
After two weeks, I recovered from the fever and could even finally try on the dress.
There are some things we take for granted in life,but when I got sick,I realised that even just having the strength to put on clothes or eat is a blessing we must never take for granted. I was only able to try on a new dress I had bought and taken to the tailor for adjusting after two full weeks due to sickness.
I also learnt that whatever we have to do,we must do it now as tomorrow is not guaranteed.
That is why every word we say and everything we do should have relevance in eternity, and should not be wasted strength.
So I decided to share this message to let children of God out there know that death must be expected at anytime unannounced and we must always be ready.
We should not expect God to inform us when we are about to die so that we can do the things we have been postponing.
TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.