But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, “I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.” – Luke 14:18
Jesus delivered a parable to a small crowd concerning the banquet table of the Lord as they themselves were eating. One of those at the meal was convinced that he would get to be present at the Lord’s ultimate feast, but Jesus inferred that many (like him) would in fact miss God’s reward, because they were too busy to hear or receive the invitation when it was made. This made me wonder how many times we miss the Lord’s “feast” because we find an excuse for avoiding the “invitation.”
God wants us to be a part of His eternal work, but much too often materialism, earthly pursuits, and even family obligations get in the way of accomplishing His purposes. Someone once said that an excuse is simply “a lie disguised as a reason.” Another friend has said that an excuse has the “skin of a reason, but it is stuffed with a lie.”
God isn’t interested in our excuses. He wants obedience despite our “reasons.” It is often difficult to obey, but I guess that’s why they call it sacrifice.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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