E-votional - Well Now?!
October 22, 2002

"At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.”

Luke 14:17-18a (NRSV)


    We all have them, they first appear as we are children, they are exercised at home, at school. Sometimes they have saved us, but other times they cooked our goose. The dog ate it. The baby destroyed. She won't let me. I was just too busy. It was his fault, she did it. Excuses are not new to our society, in fact they are a part of it. We used to practice coming up with the most creative ones, because many of our teachers would give us "creative allowances". But the truth is they actually are rather irresponsible and even disrespectful. So what are we to do?

Hear the Good News, even during Jesus' time, he desired one thing in response to his calling, respond with honesty. Jesus heard some good excuses in his time. In the passage above, He illustrates the disappointment and His response to the excuses. Be truthful. Have ownership and take responsibility in your response. We are called and invited to be in an intimate relationship with Christ, therefore we need to be honest with that relationship. When it comes to church attendance and participation, we need to really ask our self about our faith maturity. There can always be a reason why not to do something, but there is always a reason to do something. So, how do we confront the decision making process? We confront all decisions with faith, honesty and truth, surrounded by maturity.


   Gracious Father, it is so easy for me to let "someone else do it". It is equally simple for me to overlook all You have done in my life. Let me respond faithfully and in a mature manner to Your calling upon my life. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.