Snooze Button

Snooze buttons are standard features on alarm clocks. If I set my alarm for 7, that’s time to get up. But I consult mysnooze 1 mental to-do list and figure I can sleep eight more minutes. Then at 7:08, I review my wake-up plan and tap the snooze button again.

I tell myself, “I’ll hit the ground running. But not now.”

“I’ll get everything done I need to. Later.”

Isn’t that how we treat our calling to follow Jesus sometimes?

The rich young ruler wanted to eternal life. Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it all to the poor and come follow Him. But the rich young ruler had too much stuff. “I can’t right now, Jesus, I’m having too much fun being rich (Matthew 19:22 paraphrase).”

Jesus invited someone on the road to follow Him. The man said, “Okay, I surely will, but first let me go home and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead.”

The man was saying, “I’ll follow you when my father dies.” Don’t we do the same thing sometimes?

Jesus, I’ll follow you as soon as the kids are in grown. Snooze button. I’ll follow you when I finish this project at work. Snooze button. When I have more time. Snooze button. When we can pay off some of these bills. Snooze button. Snooze button. Snooze button.

What we’re saying is, “I’ll follow you as soon as it’s convenient for me.”

Problem is, Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily. There’s that pesky little word that makes His call to us so personal. “Daily.” Not tomorrow. Not when it’s more comfortable. Not when we have more time. Daily. Today.

God is calling you and me. Today. Are we going to pick up our cross, or hit the snooze alarm?

Kyle Idleman's video series, notafan, provided the inspiration for this blog post.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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2 Responses to Snooze Button

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Opportunity lost is what happens when we press SNOOZE or procrastinate.

    Jesus could return at any time; we do not know when (Luke 12:40). The importance of being prepared for His coming is in Matthew 25:1-13. In this parable, ten virgins await the arrival of the bridegroom and the commencement of the wedding feast. Five of the virgins were prepared for his arrival; five did not attempt to prepare until it was too late, and they were left behind. Jesus calls the unprepared virgins “foolish”; one reason they were unprepared may have been that they procrastinated.

    In our spiritual life, we dare not procrastinate. It is unwise to delay healing a broken relationship or dealing with anger. And since our service to God motivates all we do, we have no reason to procrastinate. In short, procrastination is a bad habit that can have eternal effects.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Evelyn,
      Amen!
      Always good to hear from you and revel in your insight and your heart for Jesus. God bless.

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