April 10th, 2019
Excuse After Excuse
Luke 14:17-19 (KJB) And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
These above verses present a metaphor containing a crucial lesson from God. God is revealing it to the ancient Jewish people. However, it is also for our personal learning and application today. Jesus often revealed essential truths in parables for ease in understanding and applying the lesson. These simple stories never wear out or become obsolete as we learn timeless messages from them yet today.
Simply put, the sent servant was Jesus Christ.
The bidding was done by God the Father, who said: “Come.” Not just come to some people or a few people, but God said “come” to all people, then and today.
The crowd The Servant spoke to was filled with men like are found in this world today. Those who would instead make excuses rather than get busy in an area God has revealed to them. I hope you can read this parable and perhaps recognize yourself standing among a disobedient crowd. It is good for pointing out how often you might offer up an excuse to God to get out of serving Him?
You, my friend, are not alone, in the lives of Moses, Jonah, the nation of Israel and in other various Bible accounts, we read about people who first dismissed God before buckling down to serve Him according to His direction. The truth is often that we all know precisely what God desires of us, but when it comes to putting our boots to the ground and getting things done for Christ, sometimes we, including myself, only offer Him excuses rather than bring Him glory and honor.
If you are like me, this story hits home. We all face short seasons when we might desire to offer Christ an excuse rather than put our boots on the ground like good soldiers. We must be busy with the spiritual things of Christ for God will not excuse any person from fulfilling His will in their life.