DCLM Sincere Milk 23 May 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — No excuse making
TOPIC: NO EXCUSE MAKING
TEXT: LUKE 14:16-24
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 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.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 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.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 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.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Key Verse: “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” (Luke 14:18).
Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else”. ‘Excuse’, according to the dictionary, is the reason someone gives for his inability to meet up with an expectation.
Troy was a very brilliant boy, but he always got to school late. When asked why he was late, he would give one excuse or the other.
One day, his teacher got an invitation to present some of his students for a scholarship examination; he immediately enlisted Troy and three others. He gave Troy a very stern warning that the school bus will leave the school by 7:30 a.m. prompt on the day of the examination.
The day came, and everyone came ahead of time except Troy. The teacher was worried, looking here and there if peradventure he will see Troy afar off, but he did not come until the bus left. He missed the examination and the scholarship. Though he was very brilliant, his excuse-giving way of life denied him the opportunity of securing the scholarship.
Never give an excuse when you are given a task or a responsibility; try all you can to meet up, and you will discover great blessings in the path of duty. Be stronger than your excuse, excuse breeds failure. Don’t give reasons, rather, give results.
Prayer: Dear Father, deliver me from excuse-making and give me the grace to be at my best for You.
Further Reading: Exodus 4:10-14