Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Excuses, excuses, excuses



Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’
Luke 14:16-20 (NLT)

My ears are attuned right now to discovering Truth in the teaching of Jesus. His most frequent topic was the Kingdom of God, describing characteristics of the eternal Kingdom and instructing us about Kingdom living right now.

Today we’ll focus on the opening and closing of this parable. There’s going to be a banquet and the invitees have received personal invitations. Yet when the host announces “Time for supper”, they make excuses to not attend. Their lives are too busy. Their things-to-do list is too long. They want to focus on family.

Their excuses expose their priorities.

The story continues, the celebration goes on, and Jesus completes the story saying none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet. (Luke 14:24)

Jesus holds us accountable and doesn’t tolerate excuses.

You, too, have been invited to join the Kingdom celebration. I’m guessing you have an idea of the Kingdom life Jesus requires.

Do you excuse yourself from spiritual practices because you’re too busy? Too tired? Too stressed? Too young or old?

Do you excuse yourself from Sunday worship because your kids have sports or that’s the only day you can sleep late?

If it is important to you, you will find a way; if not, you will find an excuse. On Judgment Day, God will not accept lame excuses for failing to grow spiritually, serve others, participate in Christian fellowship, worship faithfully, or share His Word.

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2 comments:

  1. Cathy, I popped over here from Testimony Tuesday, where I read your story. I was curious...and what I just read is the second thing I've read today that relates to what I wrote today on making excuses. So glad I popped over. I love that you delve into scripture, but don't write a dissertation! It's just the right length for busy people, like myself (who is reading blogs and linking up when I ought to be working...no excuses though...)

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    1. Mary, Thanks for joining me at Seeds of Scripture and for your encouraging words. Seeds are intended to be small with potential. I try to let God's Word speak for itself and encourage readers to think about it during the day.
      I'm a firm believer that there are no coincidences. There's something to the fact that you've read two posts about excuses today. I always perk up when I encounter an idea repeatedly. God will persist in sending a message He has for me from different angles until I notice and respond. Pay attention dear Mary.
      Thanks for visiting! Come again soon!

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