by Jana Cox
Very often I have made excuses for myself concerning the things I know I should have done, rationalizing why I can put off today the thing I should do, until tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and I find myself with another excuse to justify my lack of taking responsibility for the things that could have benefited my life by doing them. Excuses are really a way of saying this is not a priority to me.
Luke 14:16-24 gives an account of how many were invited to a great feast, yet these people who were invited began to make excuse as to why they could not come. One person had bought a piece of ground and said he needed to go and look at it. The second had bought five yoke of oxen and said he needed to test them. Another had married a wife, therefore, he asked to be excused. The master was furious and said, go into the streets and alleys and invite the poor, the crippled, blind and lame. After this, the servant reported there was still room for more. I realize this is a story where Jesus is inviting people into the kingdom of God. He had prepared a great supper for them to enjoy. In like manner, the Lord has prepared many things for us in His kingdom. If we ignore HIs first call to obedience about coming to His table, how much easier is it for us to be disobedient when He is trying to teach us of ways to be successful in other ways?
Last week Pastor Doug brought insight to us concerning money and the way we handle ourselves with it. Proverbs 22:7 says “the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Money is meant to be a blessing in our lives, but if we do not handle our finances the way God has intended, we can end up in financial ruin. Many marriages and relationships are destroyed because of lack of discipline and obedience concerning money. Saving money for things instead of buying them on credit can be difficult in a society that says buy now, charge it and pay later. Our satisfaction can be fleeting, usually when the bill arrives and the payments with interest pose more of a burden than we expected. How much more liberating would it be to have a goal and save for the item we desire? Then when we get it, we can truly enjoy it, stress-free. I know this can be a new concept for many, but I would encourage you to try it and see how liberating it can be.