October 1, 2012

 

Scripture: Luke 14:16-20 (NLT)
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.’

Observation:  The story seems to imply that these people have already said they would come to the party, but are now backing out. What would have been legit reasons to not come are now lies of convenience for motives known only to them.
Application:  I have said yes to Jesus’ party. But, how often do I back out, make excuses, lie for convenience to avoid the hard actions of discipleship? It is easier to sleep in than to rise early for prayer and study. It is easier to avoid dealing with messy conflict, so I don’t make the phone call or see the person to have the conversation. I FB first rather than read that chapter, write that letter, post that blog.
Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I have become way too good at putting you off, making excellent excuses (the skin of a reason wrapped around a lie), re-arranging the priorities on my to-do list. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to miss your party. Remind me just how wonderful, how life-giving, how beautiful the party is. Help me keep nothing of lesser importance from getting in the way (and it is ALL of lesser import) of time spent with you and your Kingdom’s cause. No more excuses. Just do it. Help me, in the strong and loving name of Jesus.

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