Matthew 9:36-38 (710)

        A.  One of the problems among groups of people is the problem of procrastination.
        B.  Webster defines “procrastinate” as follows:  “to put of intentionally and habitually”, etc.
        C.  Do we as a local church ever intentionally put off something that should be done?
              Matthew 9:36-38 (710)
   I.  Several reasons for procrastination

        A.  Some people are lazy. 

              1.  God’s word is full of condemnations of laziness and exhortations to work.  Examples:
                   Proverbs 6:6-11 (489); Proverbs 12:27 (493);  Question _______________________?

        B.  Other people are too busy. 

              1.  Judah, after their return from captivity, was guilty.  Haggai 1:2-7 (689);  Question___?

        C.  Some people really don’t desire to do what needs to be done.  Question _________?

  II.  The consequences of procrastination

        A.  robs us of what we can never regain.  Ephesians 5:15

        B.  increases the weight of our burdens.  Proverbs 24:30-34 (500)

        C.  is a sin.  James 4:17 (893)

        D.  some things will never get done.

  III.  Overcoming procrastination

        A.  Remember our responsibility as the saved.  Titus 2:14; Titus 3:8,14; Ephesians 2:8-10 (864

        B.  Urgently and diligently tackle the task. 

              1.  Remember the example and urging of Jesus.  John 9:4 (788); Matthew 9:36-38 (710)

        C.  Recognize the peace of preparation.  Matthew 7:24-27 (708)

        D.  Recognize the value of a “job well done.”  Matthew 25:21,23 (726)

Conclusion:  Procrastination is a dangerous habit.  Let’s be encouraged to do promptly what needs
                     to be done.