Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:17 pm
The Messenger, April 14, 2011
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Have you ever heard a person say about someone, “If I had a dollar for every excuse he has made, I would be rich.” That’s easy to say about someone else, but what about our own excuses. Is that a different story?
In our Bible Study group we are using James W. Moore’s book titled “Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned but I Have Several Excellent Excuses.” In the first chapter there is story about a woman who came up with a very puzzling excuse for not attending church. It went as follows: “I don’t go to church because if I go some of the time, it makes me want to go all the time. And since I can’t go all the time, it makes me feel guilty when I miss some of the time. So I don’t go any of the time, and this keeps me from feeling guilty about wanting to go all the time.”
Doesn’t that leave you sort of scratching your head?
The author goes on to show examples of the common excuses we all may have been guilty of using, from blaming the circumstances of our past for our mistakes to claiming that “the devil made me do it.”
There is a possibility that we may fool ourselves and other people, but we don’t fool God. He hears our excuses but he is more interested in hearing the confession of our sins and our coming to Him for forgiveness. If it were not for the grace of God, we would all be without hope for our future here and in eternity.
“And may the Lord make your love to grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love does toward you. This will result in your hearts being made strong, sinless and holy by God our Father, so that you may stand before Him guiltless on that day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns with all those who belong to Him.” I Thessalonians 3:12-13
Remember, it is God’s will for all His children to have the overflowing blessings of an abundant life. John 10:lb “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” NKJV
Let us not miss out on the Master’s plan.
Rev. Judd Mowery
Troy/Sanders Chapel United Methodist churches