Today’s Scripture: 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. Luke 14:21-23

A radio show was talking about excuses. The commentator said that people use three types of excuses when guilty of wrongdoing. The first is outright denial—a rejection of any involvement. Sometimes this is done even though the person is obviously guilty. The second is the “It’s not my fault” excuse. The person looks around for someone he can blame. Often it is a loved one — a husband, wife, or parent. Sometimes, it’s the boss. A third form of excuse is the “I did it, but….” approach. In this instance, the person blames circumstances for his shortcoming.

Here are some excuses motorists have given for accidents: “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.” “The other car collided with mine without warning me of its intention.” “I had been driving my car for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had the accident.” “The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”

These are humorous, but none of our excuses “hold water” before God. As Christians, we are called to be cross bearers for Christ, not excuse sharers! When God gives a command, our excuses will not delay Him, but they will cause us to be overlooked as He seeks willing vessels for His service.

Answer the call today. Don’t miss out on your opportunity for a blessing!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder