Countering Excuses

March 11th, 2018 by Charis Hillman Brown

“When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’ ” -Luke 14:17-21

If God asked you to a party, would you come? I mean, really… would you? I’m sure you’re saying yes, because that would be the best party ever! But if God asked you to do something, would you do it? Sometimes we feel the gentle nudging of His hand, sometimes we feel the slight conviction as we know we’re called to more. But yet we just settle for mediocrity and explain ourselves with excuses.

But, you know what? God has not called us to live behind excuses. He has called us to be great men and women of God who accomplish great things. He does not call us to live in the molds of the past – He destines us for something new.

It has been the hardest thing for me to stay on a consistent workout schedule and loose my “freshman 20” I gained in Bible college. It has been a constant struggle that I never thought would be! I know what the right thing is; I just have a hard time focusing enough to get it to happen. The same is true of a mission with God. If the desire He’s placed in your heart is to earn money, to bless the kingdom and to bless others, then you must focus on it. If He’s placed it on your heart to be a musician, or earn a degree, then you need to focus on that. Focuses require consistency. And people who are consistent aren’t in the habit of making excuses.

Tell God today what you’re going to do. Write it down. Take a step of faith. You’ll see amazing things happen when you do.

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