What is Your Excuse
But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ Luke 14:18
We have been invited into the Lord’s house. Each week we all have the opportunity to come together with other believers and worship God and set time aside to press into Him and know Him even better. It seems like more and more, less of God’s people are attending weekend services. Since 2020, church attendance is down like never before. I have heard some excuses and there are even some legitimate reasons that people stay home. Most of all, I believe it is the concentrated effort that it takes to include attending services in people’s distracted schedules.
Today’s reading is a parable that Jesus told about a man who invited many to a great supper he was hosting. It is implied that the initial invitations went out to those who had some substance and wealth. They all reply with a list of excuses and when the man hears the responses, he became angry and instead has his servant go out and invite poor, maimed, lame and blind people to the supper. After that, he sends his servant out again to offer the invitation further out of the city limits. The man wants his house to be full, so the invitation is wide open for anyone to enter in.
This parable doesn’t necessarily sound like the man is inviting people to church, but he is inviting them in to eat. When we go to church, we feed our spirit person and it needs that nourishment to enable us to grow spiritually. So whatever your excuses or distractions are, whether you are too busy, you don’t like the preaching, you don’t like the music, you are afraid of getting sick from a large gathering, you just want to watch online or you are just too tired to get going, make coming into the Master’s house with the family of God a priority in your week. Your spirit needs the energy and encouragement to sustain you throughout your time away from others. Accept your invitation today to come and feed your inner person, get connected in by serving or joining a small group and then make it important every week to be there to connect with others.
Today I want to encourage you to accept the invitation to assemble with other believers. If you do not have a place that you belong to for worship, find one today. Ask a friend or neighbor if you can go with them or ask the Holy Spirit to give you the nudging and wisdom of where to go this week. Make coming together with other believers a priority in your life today and continue to give it first place as you grow up in the things that really matter in the world . . . getting the work of ministry done for the Master of the house.
Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 14:15-24
15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’
18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’
19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’
20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. 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 here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’
22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’
23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’