19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them...'
20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife...'
Luke 14:16, 18-20 (portions shortened for brevity)
We all tend to make excuses when we don't really want to do something!
When that day comes - that we all have to stand before Him to give an account - what excuses might people use as to why they didn't accept His offer? More important, what might His response be?
Below are just a few possible excuses and suggestions of how Jesus might respond:
"I didn't have time."
Jesus: "Let's see. It says here that you spent hundreds of hours up in the middle of the night, studying for your master's degree."
"I was too busy."
Jesus: "Let's look at the record. You watched (fill in the blank) hours of TV and movies and (blank) hours of vacation time!"
"No one told me."
Jesus: "Let's watch this video which recorded all the times I tried to speak to you through someone."
"Someone at the church hurt me - so I never went back."
Jesus: "You were hurt at school, the bar, sporting events, parties - and yet you kept going back."
"I had a very demanding business to run."
Jesus: "Let's look at the history of many who gave up being rich and settled for less for the sake of God, their family and their own soul!"
Notice that in the above verses, no excuse is acceptable to God! Nothing can come before Him! These are mere suggestions. I am certain that God's responses in that day to any excuse we make will be far more accurate and able to shred every excuse we can think of into tiny pieces!
Let's all stop making excuses while we still can and answer God's kind invitation! That is what He really wants for us in this parable! He does not want to "set us up" so He can "catch us in the act" and prove we were wrong. His warning proves that He wants us all to answer the invitation and come to the wedding feast!
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