Starting Right Now
There is a big difference between deciding to start and starting right now
We can place more value in the pleasures of the moment over the rewards of starting right now
Immediately follow the spirit’s leadings when you are in His presence
Then the Lord appeared to him … and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 3 and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant. 4 Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts … They said, “Do as you have said.”6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. 8 So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.
Delaying the start has consequences
Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Acts 24:25
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Cor. 6:2
Delaying your respond to God’s prompting can hinder God’s perfect will for your life
… I beseech you … that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Rom. 12: 1-2
Don’t delay … start immediately
Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net. Prov. 6:4-5
Hearing God’s voice inspires and motivates us to act. If you do not respond immediately to God’s prompting, the motivation wanes and subsides
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Rom. 13:11-12
We Need a Commitment Prompting Device
God told Moses to hammer out trumpets to rouse the people to action when the cloud moved
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. Num 10:1-2
For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? 1 Cor 14:8
Set up systems and processes in your life where the goal isn’t to create the finish, but just to create a start
Get your mind in ‘just start’ mode, rather than ‘must finish’ mode.
Focus on the things that will help you to start now
Realize the importance of starting early in the morning
When the day starts you need to start
The greatest achievements don’t happen without starting.
Don’t despise small beginnings
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly.