Day 9: Excuses, Excuses


                                                                                                                      EXCUSES, EXCUSES


"Jesus replied, 'A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses.'"

Luke 14:16-18, NIV


Who among us has not made excuses when it comes to serving God? We would like to be saved, but the Bible is so confusing... I would pray more, but I really don't know what to say... I would have been at worship last week, but my wife was sick in bed - that's why I went golfing...


I suppose there is not one of us who is exempt from failing to do God's will and then "covering our tracks" with some flimsy excuse or another. If we were talking of missing out on something of a physical nature (Like our daughter's rodeo finals or our son's playoff game or our tenth anniversary) we probably wouldn't dream of making an excuse because we really want to take part in those activities, but when it comes to eternal life isn't it amazing how often even the weakest excuse becomes the most reasonable thing in the world to us.


The only problem with excusing ourselves from God's service is this: If we excuse ourselves from serving Him while we are here on earth, what makes us think that He won't excuse us from our service to Him and Jesus in Heaven?


Have you read your Bible today? Today is Day 9 of the Thirty Day Bible Challenge for reading through the New Testament, and the scheduled readings are the 14th through the 21st chapters of Luke. If you have fallen behind or haven't started yet (Or perhaps haven't even heard about it) you can get your start by going to the 30 day Bible challenge website and you will find a suggested reading schedule there.



"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field and I must go see it. Please excuse me.' Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'...

Then the master told his servant... 'I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"

Luke 14:19-20, 24, NIV