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That One Excuse

Scripture
But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’
Luke 14:16-18 NET

Observation
Are you too busy for Jesus?

One day He will come back for His people. When He does, what will He find? What will He see in your life? Hopefully, not excuses!

Later in that chapter, verse 21 says, “So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’

When the Lord returns, He will receive all who willingly received and lived for Him. Those who allow this world and the things of this world to become MORE IMPORTANT than Him, will see a furious Master. And they will experience His judgement.

What will you do with your seat at Jesus’ table? Will you allow it to go to a stranger? Or will you be dressed and ready to attend?

Application
We are admonished to live for Jesus and be ready for His return. We are to expect Him at any time. But many Christians allow themselves to be so entangled in this world that they start making excuses in the way they live.

Inevitably, small excuses turn into big excuses and then Jesus becomes a “nice thought,” something that happens on Christmas and Easter or when someone dies.

Don’t fall into that trap! Examine your life and don’t let anything, I mean ANYTHING come before your relationship with Jesus. Nothing in this world is worth it.

Do some self reflection right now! Seek the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to reveal to you if you are allowing something else to take His place.

The consequences are eternal.

Prayer
Lord, my relationship with You is the most important thing to me. Show me if I am allowing something else to come before You. I desire You more than anything.

Peace
Todd

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