Excuses, Excuses

Elwin Ahu

"When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." 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 14:15-18)
Excuses, excuses ... we seem to be really good at making them, aren't we? It's not a lost art by any means as we see the same excuses used today that were declared thousands of years ago.
  • Before we commit, we want to know "what's in it for me;"
  • Before we commit, we need to know whether we'll it will be the right "fit;"
  • Before we commit, we need to take care of "me" first;

How easy it is, isn't it, to shout our declarations of joy in the presence of the Lord and in the same breath make excuses when it comes to committing ourselves to follow His commands and His call, or in responding to the Lord's invitation to follow Him.

We all have that same tendency whenever we're confronted with responsibilities that call us out of our comfort zones, or whenever we're faced with change or a challenge, or when the road ahead isn't a paved highway. In these moments, excuses seem to flow freely. But, what we fail to realize are the consequences that will follow every excuse given.
Each morning, the Lord has called me to respond to my responsibilities as a husband, as a father, as a minister for Him in everything that I do. He invites me to join in His daily "banquet," for indeed everyday is a grand buffet of events, of experiences to see Him at work, to witness His hand and the glory that is to come in the lives of those He allows me to meet. The question is, am I willing to respond, even if it involves some risk, some sense of discomfort and element of change, or, will I make just another excuse why I can't be involved? Whenever He invites me to participate with Him in His work, it should be an honor and a privilege that I should willing respond: "Here I am Lord, send me."
Father, I stand ready today to do Your will. Wherever You have called me, I will go; wherever You have a need, I will serve. I've made too many excuses in the past; I commit myself to You for my future. Here I am Lord, send me.

Devotions for January 14

Genesis 34,35,36
Luke 14

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