In Luke 14 Jesus gave us a parable in which He said in verse 16-24, “… A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: (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.” In light of verse 18, “And they all with one consent began to make excuse.” I clipped the following item from a church bulletin because its heart-searching message bears repeating: “WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?”
When a man says he can’t keep awake during a 30 minute sermon, but stays at home for 3 hours reading his 700 column newspaper, and watching a 3 hour football game, “Who is he kidding?”
When someone pleads that Sunday is his only day of rest, and yet gets up at 4:30 a.m. to spend the day fishing, golfing, or hunting, “Who is he kidding?
When a sports fan declares the church seats are too hard and uncomfortable, but will set for hours on a bleacher in a drizzling rain to watch 22 men push one another back and forth across a muddy lot, “Who is he kidding?”
When a penny pincher claims he can’t afford to give much to the Lord’s cause, yet lives in a very comfortable home, drives an expensive car, eats well, clothes his family in the latest style, and on occasion even makes an extra payment on his house, “Who is he kidding?”
When one does not have time to share the gospel with His friends or neighbors because he is afraid to offend them, but has time to talk endlessly about weather, sports and politics, “Who is he kidding?”
When one says he has no time for Christian activities, but spends hours window-shopping, bowling, watching TV, and having social evenings out with his friends, “Who is he kidding?”
Certainly he is not KIDDING GOD!!!
You may seek to excuse yourself now for failing to grasp life’s fleeting opportunities for spiritual blessing and service, but do you think your alibis will have the ring of truth when you must give an account of yourself under the searching eye of the Lord? In Romans 14:10-12 we read, “…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. (11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” In II Corinthians 5:10 we read, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. “ Someone well said, “You make weak excuses that satisfy men today, but think of the judgment, how will they sound then?” Therefore, change your way of living and avoid the sin of making hypocritical excuses.
This week’s Weekly SERMON “Hiding a Multitude of Sins” from James 5:19-10 is the 26th and last from the Book of James. Now all these messages are going into book format in two volumes, entitled “A Faith that Works.” Beginning August 5 there will be 15 messages from the Hero’s of the Faith from Hebrews 11.