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Delayed Obedience

Any parent can attest to the fact that life is short and passes quickly. Parents eagerly watch their children mumble their first words, take their first steps and start preschool. But before they know it, they are sitting at a high school graduation or wiping tears away as they watch vows being exchanged. All they hope and dream for themselves and their children seems to pass in an instant.

James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” And it’s true! In comparison to all of eternity, our lives are only a wisp of time. Yet, we waste so much of our lives worrying, being afraid and avoiding the next steps we are supposed to take. Many of us never reach our full potential in Christ because we ignore His calling on our lives.

We have no way of knowing what tomorrow brings, and we can’t change what we have done in the past. We can, however, make the decision to say yes to Jesus in the present. Delayed obedience is disobedience. The Lord calls us to immediate and deliberate obedience to Him. We don’t have time to waste in fear, doubt or uncertainty. Instead, we must intentionally use the time we have been given to bring glory to God and make His name famous!


  • What is your next step? How can you immediately and deliberately take that step?
  • Have you been ignoring or avoiding God’s calling on your life? What is holding you back from living the full life He desires for you?

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