If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
- James 4:17
Thomas à Kempis once wrote: “Instant obedience is the only obedience there is; delayed obedience is disobedience.” We think James would agree with that sentiment.
We hold back on doing the good we ought to do for a variety of reasons. Maybe we’re still making up our mind about whether to do it or not. Maybe we’re waiting for a more convenient time. Maybe we’re afraid.
Doing good isn’t easy. The obedient life is good but difficult. It’s costly but worth it. We shouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves dragging our feet; but we shouldn’t accept our feet-dragging ways either.
Don’t delay the good you know you need to do today because you’re caught up scheming for tomorrow. You may not be able to draw a straight line from today’s obedience to tomorrow’s success or comfort or joy; but that’s not a reason to delay. Do it anyway.
Is there some good you know you ought to do but have been delaying? What’s holding you back? Confess your sin to a trusted friend and ask them to either give you advice or hold you accountable. There’s tremendous joy in doing the good you know you should do.