Excuses

Cathy Hurtado 

"…A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.  And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ and another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ Luke 14:16-20

I was marginally involved in a Christian Group while a student at UC Berkeley.  One day, one of the leaders asked me if I was going to an upcoming weekend conference.  I immediately said no and began to list my excuses.  I had ten of them, but today I can only remember two. I did’t have the money (not really true) and I had a Biochem Midterm the next day.”  The leader responded, “What’s more important, God or school?”  All I wanted to do was disappear.  The conviction of the Spirit was strong so I agreed to pray about.  One by one, all of my excuses began to disappear, even the money came in from a key deposit I’d forgotten about the year before.  All but the Biochem midterm so I decided to take a step a faith and go.

I had heard the Gospel hundreds of times, but that weekend I finally understood that I was the sinner. I was the one who needed a Savior.  God was calling me to a relationship with Him.  I surrendered my life fully to Christ that weekend.

We all make excuses.  Excuses that keep us from God.   Excuses that keep us from growing.  Excuses for not following through. What excuses have you been making for not saying yes to God?  …I’m busy.  I don’t have the money.  I need to spend time with my family.  It’s too scary.  I don’t know enough.  They might not like me.”

Identify your excuses.  Pray about them.  Resolve them.  God wants you at His banquet table.  He wants to use you to reach and disciple a lost and hurting world.  Expect it to require a step of faith.

"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."  Hebrews 11:6


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