Yes, I know that I should be doing this thing that I know to be right… But, I have this really good excuse why I am not doing this really great thing that I know I should be doing. This is a YEA-BUT. I am not sure how others might define this but you have heard this before. It is called procrastination. The definition of this is putting off or delaying something that requires our immediate attention. Some may go as far as calling immediate attention to the threat of death or close to dying. The point of doing things that require our immediate attention is to keep it from becoming deadly or dangerous to your immediate health and welfare.
A classic case of this for me was when my doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic. I said to myself, good I am not diabetic but it only took a short while before my doctor told me that I was type II diabetic and it required me to take medication perhaps for the rest of my life. I might have been able to change my diet in order to keep from becoming diabetic but my but was, I really didn’t want to give up some of the pleasure I was accustomed to enjoying. Yes, I knew that I should have done what the doctor suggested but, I did not want to give up my pleasures. This could cause the loss of life or limbs so I can only blame myself for what ultimately happens.
I am sure many of you have one or more YEA-BUTS. If you are like me you probably came up with many excuses whey you refuse to do what you know to be the right thing to do but you choose to do it later, hopefully. Later might be too late to turn things around so if you are willing to gamble with your life and limbs you need to stop procrastinating. This is the pot calling the kettle black so take it for what it is worth.
As usual, I like to take our common faults and find scripture that speaks to that particular subject. This one was easy because the apostle Paul practically admitted that he had a YEA-BUT nearly two thousand years ago before the term was coined. This is how he started his YEA-BUT. It is from the book of Romans, verses 15-20
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
This is procrastinating on a higher level than just one little thing. This is putting off things on a behavioral level that impacts your overall acts and deeds. You know the difference between right and wrong but for some reason, you keep on doing wrong. Most of us act that way. Is there a good reason why we keep on doing wrong in spite of knowing very clearly that some of the things we do are just dead wrong. Paul did come up with an answer as to why he acted this way and why most of us act this way. It is because there is another power at hand causing us to behave in that way. YEA-BUT!
Unfortunately, this foe is not one that we alone can defeat. No matter how hard you try to defeat this enemy you alone cannot fix this ailment. If you think that you might wake up one day and solve this problem you are wrong because it comes from a power that is beyond the earth. If comes from the dark corners of the spiritual realm. Paul continued to explain his challenge as so:
“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”
In this case, the BUT part of the phrase has this really good reason why we cannot do the YEA part. But that does not take us off the hook because there is a remedy to this madness. God has provided us with an antidote to this sickness but if you procrastinate and not take the remedy you will remain a slave to this dark power. So God provides us with the BUT, but we cannot procrastinate with taking the remedy or else it could cause certain death that is eternal, further than just the loss of life and limbs.
This message is not for everyone alike because some will not take kindly to things that sound like preaching. I am only preaching to the choir and I am not even a preacher. My message is only intended for those who actually care about this sort of thing. Spiritual messages are intended to speak to the indwelling spirit and for some, that part is fast asleep. However, the part that speaks about procrastinating should be pertinent to nearly all of you. Why put off things that you know are good for you right now when you know that tomorrow is not even guaranteed. If you do it now it could avoid impending dangers ahead of you. It is just the right thing to do by doing things right now while you can make a difference.
For those of you who belong to Christ, get rid of the BUT and only say YES Lord. Should you put things in His capable hands you will receive the remedy that He has already prepared for you. No matter how hard I try there are still some things that I wish I could be better at doing but thanks to the grace of God I am still on His operating table. Selah!