Excuses are blessing blockers. They are candy coated lies that deny God the ability to demonstrate His power in our lives. In the Marine Corps we used to have a saying (I’ll clean it up as much as possible). “Excuses are like human excrement; everyone has them and they all stink!” Excuses are nothing more than cowardly expressions we use as to not to submit to authority. In other words, we do what we want and when we don’t want to, we make an excuse.
The truth of the matter is, we can tell when others are making excuses. Most of the time they sound ridiculous to everyone except the person giving it. In Luke chapter 14 Jesus tells of a certain main who had prepared and feast, invited guests, and then sent word to them that all things were ready and for them to come. Listen to the excuses. “I just bought a piece of property. I need to go look at it.” You’re kidding right? Who buys property having never seen it? Here’s the next excuse. “I just bought five yoke of oxen and I need to go test them out.” Yeah, right! Like you would really purchase a brand new car without having test driven it first. See the pattern? Now the last guy I might give a pass. He said, “I just got married, I cannot come.” Now He might be a little busy (I see you smiling), but still its an excuse.
The problem with excuses is they are usually made after a verbal committment has been given. Each of these individuals had already committed to attending and now the event came up and they made excuses. They missed the fact that the messenger said, “all things are made ready”. What things? Perhaps it was more than just food. God is always up to something. Maybe ideas, concepts, and principles were to be released at the feast. These three would never know because they were not where they were supposed to be.
How many times have we made excuses to miss Bible Study, or even Sunday Morning Worship? Could it be that a Word from God was released in that meeting time that was specifically meant for us that we never heard? We also make excuses to those in authority over us having failed to do what we were responsible to do. Excuses on the job; Excuses at home; Excuses in the House of God; we have become an excuse ridden society of believers with our sanctified, Holy Ghost filled, tongue talking selves.
Well No More! The time has come for No More Excuses! We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. In Him we are more than conquerors. With God on our side, nothing is impossible. We love to say “Is there anything to hard for God?” Let’s act like it. He that has begun a good work in us shall perform it unto the day of Christ! No More Excuses!