Luke 14:17-18 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

It’s the beginning of a New Year and God has everything ready for you. The problem is the excuses that people use to not come get was has been prepared. Everything you were waiting on is ready for you to come get but what excuse will you use to not get it?

Jesus told the parable of the wedding banquet. The master had made exquisite preparations for the people he had invited. The spread was incredible. Every thing you could imagine was spread out on the table. There were even little name cards at each plate but the people who had been invited made excuses as to why they couldn’t come. Every Sunday at church there is a seat with your name on it. There is a table spread with the things you’ve been praying for on it but the excuses keep you from getting to the table. What are some excuses?

1. I’ll come when I get myself together. You cannot get yourself together. The Holy Spirit is the only one that can change you. Your job is to just accept the invitation and show up.

2. There are too many hypocrites there. The church is a hospital where sick people come to get well. There is power to heal where two or three are gathered on one accord.

3. All the church wants is my money. God doesn’t want your money he wants your heart. Jesus warned us that our hearts have to be right in order to give right. When your heart is right your money is right. Wherever your treasure is thats where your heart will be also.

4. Sunday is my only day to rest! The psalmist was right when he said, “my soul will not rest until it rests in you!” I don’t feel right on Sunday until I’ve been in Worship. One week without God makes one weak.

5. I don’t have any church clothes. God doesn’t care about what you have on he cares about what you have in you.

6. I’ve messed up too bad to come to church. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. There’s nothing you’ve done that God can’t forgive.

7. I don’t feel like going to church. You have to act your way through your feelings. If you didn’t do what you didn’t feel like doing you would never do anything. There are two times when you ought to praise God, “When you feel like it and when you don’t feel like it.”

Dear God,

This year is going to be different because I’m going to do something different. I am not going to make excuses. I will not make a bad habit of missing church. I humbly accept your invitation to come sit at the table with my brothers and sisters. I commit to bringing something to the table. You have been to good to me for me to make excuses. Nothing will stop me from getting to your house this week and every week. I have no more excuses!

In Jesus Name,

Amen