104: Make moves or make excuses

I don’t want to drag on tonight, but I do want to talk to you about something the Lord has laid so heavily on my heart. As I near the end of my time at Nottingham Trent and in Nottingham I have realized one great regret of mine.

For months I could have been more involved in the academic and international community that were right at my fingertips. But instead I unintentionally sectioned myself off from that with the mentality of “Well, I’m not an undergraduate anymore so . . .”

I cannot even begin to express how disappointed I am that I didn’t take advantage of the many beautiful opportunities in front of me. I made excuses.

But even so, the Lord has been faithful to begin opening different and exciting doors when I became more obedient to His voice instead of that of my flesh.

I’m not saying we need to be involved in every single committee or ministry we come in contact with, but I am saying that we don’t need to make excuses for why we aren’t doing something we know we should.

“I don’t have time.”

“It might be awkward.”

“I don’t really know anyone else doing it.”

In Luke 15 Jesus tells a story about a man throwing a great feast and how he invites all his friends to come around and join him. Each one, however, responds with an excuse as to why he can’t attend.

v. 18 “I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it.”

v.19 “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out.”

v.20 “I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.”

So, the man throwing the great feast decides to invite different people from off the street who jump at the opportunity to attend. These weren’t even his close friends, and yet they were all too happy to be a part, to share in this moment with him.

How often do we, friends, neglect the relationships God has blessed us with? It requires something of us so we only half-commit, we will be there for that person when it’s convenient for me.

Or how about that revelation God has given you? What excuses do you give Him when He calls you into a new season? God’s not going to force destiny upon you, but you don’t want to miss out on what He can and wants to do in your life.

Trust me, He has such great plans, and His ways are so good. That doesn’t mean they are the easiest to travel, but you can’t have a victory without having a battle.

Today I encourage you to step out in faith and make moves toward what God is asking you to do here and now. Don’t wait and miss your chance. Don’t live your life in the shadow of excuses and later regret your decisions to be self-seeking.

Make moves toward God or make excuses to give in.

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