“But Jesus said to him, A man was once giving a great supper and invited many: And at the hour for the supper he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, Come, for all is now ready. But they all alike began to make excuses . . . .” Luke 14:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
I fully believe, “If we want to do something, we will find a way — and if we do not want to do something, we will find an excuse,” particularly when it comes to honoring our commitments to the Lord.
In this parable, Jesus finds Himself in the house of one of the chief Pharisees (the “religious right” of the day) and uses it as a teaching moment.
One of the guests in the parable asks to be excused from an elaborate party because he has just purchased a piece of property and needed to see it; another guest asked to be excused because he had purchased some oxen and wanted to test them; a third guest requested to be excused because he had just gotten married. I fully believe nothing could have prevented any one of them, had they truly desired to accept the invitation.
As a former pastor, I’ve heard a few excuses myself: “I would get involved, but I don’t believe in organized religion”; “I am an agnostic”; “I’m an atheist”; “I don’t understand the Bible”; “I’m a skeptic”; “I’m too intelligent”; “I’m too busy”; “too many hypocrites in Church”; “I’ve got to sacrifice too much”; “I just can’t deal with suffering”; “my sins are too great”; “I’m just not ready.” I have heard them all.
But this is not a sermon, I simply want to suggest, whatever you are going to do for God– do it today! If you’re gonna tell somebody you love them–do it today. If you’re mad at somebody-Make it right today. If you are going to give of yourself–give today! Why today? It is not rocket science, but as my grandma used to say, “the time that knows us now, will soon know us no more.” We have seen too many loved ones slip away, not to believe that. No, “trouble won’t last always,” but neither will we. “Life” is only a temporary sojourn. “Time” is a gift from God— God has given us 365 days to use for God’s glory. How much more do you need?
Friends, someone wisely wrote these words:
“I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it,
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
But it’s up to me to use it,
Give account if I abuse it,
Answer for it if I lose it,
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it!!
I made my last excuses in 2010, when God revealed to me this phenomenal woman from my hometown — her name is Ernestine Shepherd. She is a 75-year-old athletic coach and bodybuilder. Check this video out for yourself and you too will resolve — NO MORE EXCUSES!!!!!