A Procrastinating Spirit?

“There is something of this procrastinating spirit running through a great part of life, and it is of great detriment to the work of God. We know many things that should be done, and cannot in conscience directly oppose them; but still we find excuses for our inactivity. We quiet ourselves with the thought that they need not be done just now.

“This plea…prevents us from undertaking any great or good work for the cause of Christ or the good of mankind. There are difficulties in the way, and we wait for their removal. We are very apt to indulge in a kind of prudent caution (as we call it) which foresees and magnifies difficulties beyond what they really are. It becomes us to beware lest we account that impossible which only requires such a degree of exertion as we are not inclined to give it.

“Perhaps it requires concurrence, and we wait for everybody to be of one mind, which is never to be expected. Instead of waiting for the removal of difficulties, we ought, in many cases to consider them as purposely laid in our way in order to try the sincerity of our religion.” — Andrew Fuller

We confess biblically that there is nothing we sinners can do to change the heart of another sinner. That change is strictly in the hands, so to speak, of the Holy Spirit. Yet as Fuller and Carey rightly pointed out, God has placed the treasure of the gospel in the earthen vessel of sinners saved by grace. American Christians have greater resources, greater education, and greater access to the world than ever before. To whom much is given, much is also required. God has appointed the foolishness of gospel preaching to save those for whom his dearly beloved Son died.
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