“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.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’” Luke 14:17-21 NIV

God wants us to join him for dinner but we are too busy for Jesus. There’s so much that God wants to accomplish in our lives but we keep coming up with excuses. Our lifestyle doesn’t mesh with our life’s purpose.

I’ve seen it many times when I’ve invited people to come be a part of what God is doing only for them to make excuses why they couldn’t come. There are three main excuses we use.

  1. Something I got to see. The first person was invited to go to a royal banquet and their excuse was that they just bought some land they needed to go see. If you own the land can’t you go see it any time? We should never choose seeing something we can always see over something that seldom happens.
  2. I need to try something. This person who was invited to a banquet with the king decided to try out some new oxen. Who would turn down a banquet for a test drive? Kingdom invitations are more important then trying something that can be tried another day.
  3. I need to do something. The last person invited had just got married so they wanted to spend some more quality time with their new spouse. If you just got married hopefully the plan is to stay married forever. If that’s the case two hours at a banquet won’t destroy your marriage. Relationships shouldn’t stop us from accepting Kingdom invitations. If anything, the time with the king will strengthen your marriage. A couple that worships and serves together stays together. 

God has been inviting you to participate in kingdom initiatives for a while and you keep making excuses – when you feel a pull to join a ministry but you keep making excuses. When people invite you to attend church but you keep making excuses. When you have an opportunity to use your spiritual gifts but talk yourself out of it. When we keep making excuses not to act on the invitation we miss a chance to sit at the table with the king.

Dear God-

No more excuses today. I want to take heed to special Kingdom opportunities. Make my members and leaders sensitive to your invitations for them to come and use their SHAPE for Kingdom opportunities. No more excuses. We accept your invitation.

In Jesus Name,