November 8, 2015

Luke 14_17

Luke 14:12-24

For those from a by-gone era, “The dog ate my homework,” was the ultimate poor excuse. I am sure most teachers who heard this were thinking “Don’t insult my intelligence.”

As a pastor, I hear lots of excuses of why individuals cannot or won’t use their talents for God or why they cannot worship on a regular basis. The one I love the best is, “I don’t come to church because people are hypocrites.” “Come on,” I think to myself, “one more can’t hurt, right?” Like the above teachers of old, don’t insult my intelligence.

Like the individuals in the parable we can do anything if we want and have the initiative. Truth is many folks want the benefit of all God has to offer but without any strings attached. Discipleship, as Bonhoeffer described, has a cost. First, it cost God his only Son and it cost Jesus his very life.

It costs us our life as well. We have been invited to the greatest banquet of all time, will we join in and receive all that the Father has for us or will we find a lame excuse and be left out in the end?

Prayer: Father, may we avoid excuses. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to November 8, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Quite a while ago, Pastor Mark Ryman was on staff at a youth ministry called “The One Way House.” It was back in the ’70’s and a throwback from the “there is only one way to the Lord.” One of the phrases coined to show the apathy some of the youth would show was, “dude, it just ain’t my ministry.” Too often we get that feeling today, it just is not my ministry. So what is your ministry? I have mine.

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