Jesus said to him, “A man gave a big dinner. He invited many people.
When it was time to eat, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come. The food is ready.’
But all the guests said they could not come. Each one made an excuse. The first one said, ‘I have just bought a field, so I must go look at it. Please excuse me.’
Another man said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of work animals; I must go and try them out. Please excuse me.’
A third man said, ‘I just got married; I can’t come.’
Excuse: a false reason that enables somebody to do something he or she wants to do or avoid something he or she does not want to do.
—— Let’s have a look at these categories of excuses;
‘I have just bought a field, so I must go look at it’
This is one I don’t get. Who buys a land only to inspect it after purchase? Hmmm!!! What an excuse.
In this case, we can refer to the land as an ‘asset’. Many people use their assets as an excuse to shy away from fellowship.
Oh, I have this skill that must be developed, it takes much of my time. My friend, God is the source of time.
Oh I’m so young and I need to flow with the world now, maybe later. Beware! Now is the time, you’re young. Eccl. 12:1-7
‘I have just bought five pairs of work animals; I must go and try them out’
Let’s see this as your job, business or let’s say your source of income.
Remember when you were unemployed, you prayed and prayed… now you have that job and it’s become your main reason for staying away from a cordial relationship with God. You no longer have time to pray, to study the word of God, or even go to church. Hmmm! Beware o!
‘I just got married; I can’t come’
This is your relationship, whether married or not. You have parents, siblings, other family members and friends…
If your relationship is preventing you from honoring God’s call upon your life, if it’s keeping you away from fellowship and it’s taking you far from God, then beware.
Having examined these 3 divisions (Asset, Career, Relationship), if you’re using any as an excuse, then it’s high time you repented and set out afresh, do what you know is right. Search yourself, has anything subtly creeped into your life such that you’ve become too busy for God? Listen, I’m never against building a career, or having a relationship(s) or even exploiting your assets, but there should be a balance. Don’t be neck-deep into these, while you neglect your Creator. Strike a strong balance and know where to draw the line. Never have a weak spiritual tempo, NEVER!
Moreover, as Christians we are to love one another, if a fellow brother or sister is on any of these paths, then go after that person, strengthen and encourage such in the Lord.
Always remember this – It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are lost. You could never pay enough to buy back your life.
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