Luke 14; Excuses! Excuses!

I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

Luke 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 

 14:17    And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 

 14:18    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. 

 14:19    And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 

 14:20    And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 

 14:21    So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 

 14:22    And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 

 14:23    And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled. 

 14:24    For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. 

I think we all have been fed our share of silly excuses. When I first became a Christian book salesman in 1990-91 I was given excuses as to why people could not look at my books that did not even make sense. For example, one man told me he could not look at my books, because his brother was in Asia. As a Bible Worker I have knocked on doors and listened, as the person explains for ten minutes why they are too busy to talk to me for five minutes. Then there are the friends who live in other states now, who say they are too busy to keep in touch. Why don’t you just say you just don’t want to keep in touch? With a cell phone, it is just as cheap and easy to call me when I am a thousand miles away as it was when I lived next door.  Young people will say they are too busy for Bible study and then turn around and post on their Facebook that they are bored. Grownups say they are too busy for Bible study because they are too busy taking their kids to soccer practice, the movies and the mall.

I myself have stopped offering excuses since I now realize how ridiculous they sound. I simply say, “I failed to do such and such.” That way I am not making excuses or casting blame, but admitting it did not happen like it should have.

As a sports fan I listen to people explaining why their team did not win the championship this year. Our team had injuries. Really? And the team that won the championship didn’t? Well we had some bad calls go against us. Really? And the team that did win the championship didn’t have any bad calls go against them too?

In Jesus’ parable the people offering excuses why they can’t come to the dinner are giving some pretty lame reasons. Who buys land without seeing it first, or cattle too for that matter? I am sure the third could have brought his wife to the supper.

There simply is no excuse for not accepting Jesus’ invitation of salvation. Today The invitation goes, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 He is right there. The Master has invited you to a supper. “The Master of the feast regards their flimsy excuses as showing contempt for His invitation.”  {Christ Object Lessons, p. 224.1} 

Blogging Through The New Testament; Luke 2

I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

 

Every year the poor inn keeper is portrayed as the “goat” of the nativity story, as he had no room for Mary and Joseph, and poor Mary was going into labor to boot. Not just any labor but was about to deliver the Son of God. How could the inn keeper be so cold? Wait a minute. The inn keeper worked on a first come first serve basis. It was not his fault Joseph and Mary showed up when they did, and he did have room for them- in the manger. It wasn’t like he didn’t have room for them at all. It’s not like the inn keeper meant any ill will towards the Son of God, it’s just that by the end of the day a little corner in a barn was all that was left for Jesus.

 

Before we give the inn keeper a bad rap let’s examine our own lives. We mean no ill will towards Jesus either, and we do have room for Him in our lives, but like the inn keeper, are we giving Him the best place in our lives or just what is left?  Today it is not at an inn that Jesus seeks a place to stay.  Jesus stands at your hearts door and says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 Do you have room for Him in your life today? If so where? Are you going to give Him the best part of your day, or just whatever is left?

 

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