Luke 14:18 Making Excuses

But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Luke 14:18

Every day people have many things to do. They have to make many choices as to what they will or will not do. The method of deciding what to do or not do is commonly left up to what is most important to the individual.

In order to decide, most people will choose what is most pleasurable or beneficial in the moment to do. Only occasionally do people look at the long-term effects of their choices.

Jesus gave a parable about a king inviting people to a banquet. Many gave excuses as to why they could not come.

It is very easy for a person to come up with a reason to not do something. Often it is difficult, inconvenient, costs too much, scary, or some other reason. Those who are successful in things, find ways to make it happen. Their eyes are on the long-term future, not just the present.

People can come up with a million reasons why they cannot make it to church, take time to pray, take time to study God’s word, or take time to be a witness. They are often busy with self in the moment and reject what God wants to do.

True believers will seek to find ways to do what God is calling them to do. They will desire to follow God with all of their heart, regardless of the cost. All excuses will be cast out, knowing that God does not care to hear excuses.

Jesus paid the ultimate price of His life so that a person can have life. This leaves zero room for any excuses to not follow and fully obey Jesus.

God is calling you to do a work for Him as a believer. It may be a small job or a large one, but either way it is an important one. At a minimum God calls you to obey Jesus, worship Him, know and study His word and be His witness.

Do not be like the world and allow yourself to make up excuses to not do what God is calling you to do. Do not be kicked out and rejected for making an excuse.

Do what God is telling you to do today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what God calls you to do; that God will strengthen you to not make excuses; and that you will see God’s hand of blessing and provision as you obey and follow Him.

Luke 3:4 A Voice Calling

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A Voice of one calling in the wilderness, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.” Luke 3:4

Preparations are always made for important people’s arrival. They want everyone to be aware that someone of high importance is coming. There is also the desire that everyone give the proper honor to the one arriving.

For each important person, what needs to be done in preparation is different for each one. Some require much more, while others will require less. It is dependent upon the level of importance for each.

Talking of John the Baptist, Luke quotes from Isaiah about one calling out in the wilderness the need to make a way for the Lord’s arrival. This quote comes from Isaiah 40:3-5.

Even though John the Baptist was talking about the first arrival of Jesus, the call can, and needs to be, still be made. Jesus can still be making the first appearance into the lives of people all over the world.

The majority of the world has still yet to have heard about Jesus. Out of those who have heard, most have not accepted or made a way for Him. Most of the world is still rejecting Jesus.

There is also those in the church who have accepted Christ, but have not really made straight paths for Him. They have chosen to accept Christ, but not really live their lives for Him, staying in a sinful lifestyle.

Every person needs to make a straight path for Jesus. They must open their hearts and lives up to His reign and control. The challenge is not everyone knows this.

Every believer must be willing to be the voice calling in the wilderness of the world. They must be willing to point people to Jesus and encourage people to make a straight path for Him in their lives.

Starting with your own life, you must make a path for God in your life. Allow God to reign as absolute authority over all you say, think or do.

Once you have begun to do that, then you must be a voice calling in the wilderness. Give others a chance to know Jesus by being His witness in this dark world. Do not keep the information to yourself, but call it out for others to hear and respond.

Are you a voice calling in the wilderness?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give Jesus complete authority in your life; that you will be a witness of Jesus to others; and that you will be a voice calling in the wilderness of this world.

Isaiah 66:4 Making The Wrong Choice

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so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me. Isaiah 66:4

No one likes it when they call upon someone and the person refuses to answer. People expect others to answer when they are called or at least return the call within a short reasonable time. To completely ignore the call is to reject the person calling.

No one likes it when the one they are an authority over refuses to obey. People expect to be obeyed when they are an authority. Parents get frustrated when their children refuse to obey their commands.

God is frustrated with the people of Israel because He had been calling on them and none of them would answer. On top of refusal to listen, they would also do evil, the opposite of what God would want them to do.

Every day God is still calling people. There is the calling to become a follower of Jesus, but there is also the calling to do His will, to live for Him. He loves to talk to His people and let them know what He is thinking and wants them to do.

In fact, when Jesus left the earth, He sent back the Holy Spirit to communicate with His people. He wanted them to be able to know what He desired and give them strength to do it. Yet, many have rejected God’s speaking and refused to do what He has called them to do–be holy.

There are many in the church who are living in open sin, refusing to change and obey God. Often they don’t think anything is wrong while they are sinning. As this happens, it only leaves God one choice–punishment to come. Yet, the believer can change and begin to obey God and follow Him.

God is speaking you today also. Are you listening to Him and obeying Him? Or are you continuing to do your own thing?

Each day you get up you have a choice to make. You can either listen to God and obey Him,  or you can refuse to listen and disobey by living in sin.

Make the choice to listen to what God is saying and then obey Him. God knows what is best for you each day. Make the choice to please God with your obedience.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will make the choice to obey God; that you will choose to turn away from sinful ways; and that you will know God’s will for your life.