06 Dec Doug – 12/6/16
SOAP – Doug Farris – Tuesday Dec 6
This past Sunday in Foundry 2.0, we were talking about temptation, and the way Christ shows us how to deal with it. When He was tempted in the wilderness, He answered with scripture (ref Matt 4:1-11). We all then started naming temptations we deal with, and once we had a pretty extensive list on the board, we each looked at a characteristic of our old flesh that we want to “Put Off”, and the contrasting quality of the life of Christ within us that we want to “Put On” (ref Eph 4:22-24). We each picked one, and are memorizing scripture that speaks to it. I chose to “Put Off” procrastination, and to “Put On” diligence. Below are the scriptures I’m working to memorize, so I thought I would SOAP them and share them with you.
Proverbs 10:5 (NASB)
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
Proverbs 27:1 (NASB)
Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
This is pretty self-explanatory: if I want to act wisely, I need to “gather in summer”, i.e. work when it’s time to work. It’s straight-up shameful otherwise. God modeled it when He established the Sabbath, a day of rest. When He created the universe, He worked when it was time to work, and rested on the seventh day. We are to do the same.
Now look at Prov 27:1. As someone who procrastinates, this really hits me. It seems this is something a lot of procrastinators have in common: we’re always focused on “tomorrow”. We got big plans, for sure, but we often fail to do what needs to be done today in order to achieve those goals for tomorrow.
I want to put off procrastination, and put on diligence. I want to be a good steward of the time I’m given, and work when its time to work, and rest when its time to rest. The ironic thing about procrastinating is that I do neither one well, the working nor the resting. God wants us to be fulfilled, to live in Him, for Him, alive in Christ, and Christ alive in us… to put off the old nature, and to put on our new nature, created to be like Him. Amen? Amen.
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me a new nature, Your nature. Help me to put off the old, and to put on the new. In Your Name I pray, Amen.