As I write this, I am actively ignoring God.
He is calling me to prayer. I am avoiding Him.
I pretended that I was just going to do one thing and then I would get right to prayer. But before I did that one thing, I threw three things in line ahead of it. They were each little, only taking a moment or two each, but each came before the one thing I “needed” to do before I could go to prayer.
And before that string of tasks, several thoughts passed through my mind. I didn’t want to be distracted during prayer, so I would just wait until this DVD is over. Never mind the fact that I am the only one here so turning the DVD off will not affect anyone else. I easily put aside the additional truth that because it is a DVD, I can turn it off and and whenever I choose without missing a single word of dialogue.
The string of tasks to be done really did need to be done. They are good things–some even hold spiritual implications. But not a single one of them had God called me to do at that moment. He will call me to do them after I pray. So what is the difference?
The difference is faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him…” –Hebrews 11:6
But what is faith?
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible…And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:1-3, 6
God does not keep a tally. He does not mark in one column when we do “good” things, and another column when we do “bad” things.
He counts faith. Yes, He wants us to grow and will address unrighteousness in our lives, but there is no tote-board of who is over or under par. The only score that should matter to us is whether we are being faithful.
So what does being faithful actually mean? Is it good works? Is it evangelism? What is it?
I submit that being faithful looks differently for each person. God created us as unique creatures–why would He grow a unique creature in the exact same way that He grows someone else?
Being faithful means this–doing what God is asking you to do when God is asking you to do it. Period. End of story. There is no procrastination in faithfulness. Though procrastination may be used as part of being faithful, responding to His desires means doing it when he asks, how He asks.
Sooooo, what is He asking you to do right now?