DayBreaks for 07/26/13 – Ain’t No Good Excuse
Luke 14:15-20 (NLT) Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” 16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’
The man sitting at the table with Jesus (do you think he had any idea what a privilege that was!?!?!) had it right: what a blessing it will be to feast at the banquet in the Kingdom of God!
It is hard to believe there are those who reject the invitation. Why would they do such a thing? The reasons they give are frivolous, but perhaps that’s the point: any excuse that a person uses for not coming to such a banquet makes no sense when compared with what they are missing. Excuses are just excuses…they don’t hold water in the final analysis, nor do they make much sense when exposed to the light of day.
But what of the excuses I make for not being with the Lord more than I am? Do they hold water any more than the excuses given to the giver of the banquet for not coming to the feast? Every time I choose something else over Him, I’m giving an excuse. All the excuses started with a key word: “I”…. That’s been our problem since day one, hasn’t it?
PRAYER: Thank you for the invitation to come to you and dine and fellowship! Open our eyes to see the great privilege you have extended to us and forgive us for the excuses we give for why we cannot spend time with you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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