Thoughts and Reflections
|Posted by WebMaster on June 7, 2010 at 2:24 PM|
Excuses, you’ve heard them, you may have even said some of them. “I don’t have anything to wear”, “My hair is a mess”, “I needed to go shopping for food”, “I don’t have a ride”, “The big game is on today”, "Well, it's my only day to sleep in.", “I really don’t need to go today.”
What excuses have you given for not attending and church service or a biblical learning opportunity? Sure we all have some excuse, but in the most past may of the things we tell others, are just poor excuses, just so you can avoid the real issue. If you would please read Luke 14: (15-24) and Matthew 22: (1-14) How empty and hollow are your excuses? Imagine that you asked the boss for the day off to attend your father's funeral, and he refused. You might consider him so unreasonable that you might quit on the spot. Surely of the many excuses in all of society, the death of a parent is always accepted. It is the ultimate excuse! It’s a valid reason. It should work every time ... except on Jesus.
One man actually used the death of his father as an excuse to put off becoming a Christian Disciple. Luke 9:59 states, "Jesus said to another, 'Follow Me,' but the man replied, `Permit me first to go and bury my father.' Then Jesus answered back, `Allow the (spiritually) dead to bury the (physically) dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.'”
Do you consider the Lord unreasonable for refusing to allow this man to bury his father? Jesus replied in other words, "If you are going to use the death of your father as an excuse to put off making me Lord of your life, then no, I will not allow you to bury your father." Jesus Himself attended funerals so He was not against funerals as such. This man was using the occasion as an excuse to delay becoming a Christian. Now, if Jesus didn't accept the "ultimate excuse" what do you think Jesus will say about your excuses when you forsake the assembly? When you fail to show yourself approved. The truth is that people who habitually forsake the assembly do not have Jesus as the Lord of their life. For Jesus to be our Lord we must obey Him in all things, not just those we choose.
For many are invited, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
Categories: A Teacher's Advice