Read: Matthew 21:28-32

Not enough time. Too many responsibilities. Sudden emergencies. These are some of the excuses which people make with regard to not doing a job on time. The revival preacher Charles Finney warned the danger of coming to God with excuses rather than repentance.

Charles Finney said, “It seems to be a law of human nature that when a person is accused of wrong, either by the conscience or any other agent, he must either confess or justify. This is the reason why people make so many excuses and why they have so great a variety. But nothing can be more grievous in God’s sight than excuses made by those who know they are utterly false. Sinners don’t need their excuses. God does not ask for even one. He does not require you to justify yourself – not at all. I can remember the year I lived on excuses and found them to be obstacles in the way of my conversion. As soon as I let these go completely, I found the gate of God’s mercy wide open. And so, sinner, will you.”

In this parable of Jesus, He talks about two sons and how they responded in different ways to the instructions of their father. As you read the parables of Jesus and Finney’s words, do you feel uncomfortable? If yes, it is God’s way of demolishing your habit of making excuses in order to expose your heart to the truth. Why should you allow your excuses to miss the valuable things of eternity? Today if you deal with your excuses by repentance, you will not need to deal with them in God’s judgement later. Excuses can be deadly. Do not let your excuses be obstacles in your spiritual journey.

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