Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 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. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed 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. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 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. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. ~Luke 14:16-24
Who buys a piece of ground before he looks at it? Who buys several oxen before he knows what they are capable of? What man uses his wife as an excuse for doing nothing?
All of these are excuses. It’s no different than the excuses used to not go out and feed and clothe the poor and witness to the lost.
Have you heard these words come out of other people’s mouths? Have you heard them come out of yours?
“I don’t know what to say if they ask hard questions.”
“What kind of danger can I be in if I’m around those people.”
“Yes, I know Jesus said for all to GO, but I don’t feel called to do that kind of stuff.”
“I’m really busy with family stuff and I don’t have time for that.”
These are nothing but excuses. We need to Go!
We can’t wait for somebody else to do the work. We as Christians are all called to go. We can’t wait for “church” people to do something. If they won’t do it, then don’t waste your time with them. Find people that want to be discipled and want to make disciples.”
This has been on my mind for a while now. I shamefully admit I’ve used these excuses one too many times.
So many of us just want to sit inside the four walls of the church and do nothing but sing and listen to a good sermon. That’s not good enough. That’s not what we are called to do.
Therefore, church, pastors, deacons and elders, don’t keep waiting for the “church” to do something.
GO OUT AND FIND PEOPLE THAT WILL!