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Do It Now!

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

No matter your intelligence or capability, if you don't have a sense of urgency, now is the time to begin developing one. The president of a successful company was asked what it took to get to the top. "The same thing it took to get started," he replied, "a sense of urgency about getting things done." The world is full of competent people who honestly intend to do things tomorrow, or as soon as they can get around to it. Their accomplishments, however, seldom match those of less talented people who are blessed with a sense of the importance of getting started now.

This principle is not only valid in the business world; it is true of the great work of God. Paul wrote, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" (2 Tim. 4:2).

We must efficiently plan and set priorities. What does God want you to do today? What is most urgent? Will you place God and his work first? Will the salvation of souls tug at your heart today? Jesus, with a question, makes clear that there is no profit in gaining the world and losing one's soul. James teaches that when one brings an erring soul back to God, that soul is saved from death. Jesus teaches that one soul is more valuable than all the earthly wealth one can accumulate.

Is any aspect of your life below par? Now is the time to right it! "Father, instill in us a sense of urgency concerning the tasks before us." Let us also be urgent in season and out of season.

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