2 Corinthians 8:10-11 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.
We all know the Nike motto: “Just Do It“. This is what Paul was asking the Corinthians to do. A year earlier, they had found out of the poverty and need of another church. They had gotten together, and expressed an eagerness and willingness to give. In fact, their zeal had already encouraged other churches to give. But it’s a year later, and they haven’t yet given. They’re “sitting on their hands”. And Paul says “my advice is this. Stop talking, and start doing.”
I’m guilty of this in my life. There’s a book I know I should read on marriage, and it’s been on my Kindle, untouched – Just do it. There’s that couple who has a crazy schedule, but needs to go through our discipleship material. And I’ve meant to ask them if a weekend or evening time will work – Just do it. There’s a need that I know needs met, and I can meet it if I stretch myself a little bit – Just do it. There’s a child with a heart problem, and it’s evident that they need time and prayer and prodding, we might just want to do it. There’s someone we can tell is hurting, or maybe someone that is going a little wayward, and it’s going to take our time and mental and emotional energy to pull them back into the fold, so we’ve put off. It’s worth it to Just do it. Maybe there’s someone I know I need to forgive, or ask to be forgiven. I’ve had the intention to do it, but have put it off. Just do it. There are people in our class that need fellowship, and a once a month house fellowship would be great for them. It’s been a year of putting it off… – Just do it! There’s a ministry opportunity where I can make a difference, or a soul that I know I should have witnessed to, or something the Lord has brought to my mind that I have the desire to do, and the means with which to do it -I might want to just do it.
Someone said that at the end of our lives, we’ll most likely regret the things we didn’t do more than the things that we did do. If there’s something that the Lord has worked in our heart about, and it’s something good, and we know we ought to be a part of meeting the need or making the difference, might we be done with putting it off, and just do it.