We are all guilty of making excuses at one time or another. Sadly, one of the areas where we give excuses is in not doing the will of God. Through the years, Christians have devised ingenious excuses for not doing what God would have them do.
Excuse making is as old as man himself. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve made excuses for their violation of God’s commands. In Exodus 4, Moses gave excuses for not being able to lead God’s people (The excuses Moses gave are very similar to the ones some Christians give today for not teaching the gospel or for not developing their talents) (See verse 1 and 10).
In the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:16-24, Jesus gave a great lesson on how to combat excuse making. In the parable, people were invited to a banquet but they immediately began to make excuses for not being able to attend. The first excuse was given by a man who needed to tend to his property (vs. 18). People today use the same excuse. They say, “Excuse me for not serving God, but I’m too busy building a home, or remodeling my house, or car shopping, etc…” The second excuse given related to work and livelihood (vs. 19). People today claim work and maintaining a lifestyle as more important than God. The third excuse that was made dealt with relationships (vs.20). How many people through the years have used family as an excuse for not serving God? Many will not put God first because their spouse doesn’t believe or they don’t like the preacher or they are arguing with another Christian.
Today we have a new arsenal of excuses being thrown around such as, “I can’t help it” or “I was born that way,” “I’m not as bad as other people I know” or “Everyone else is doing it.” Sadly, these are some of the very excuses given by those who profess to love God. And the conclusion is not pretty for those who make excuses. No excuses will be accepted on the day of judgement (vs. 24).
Please join with and help me work towards banishing all worthless excuses and making God a priority in our lives.