In last Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Ruben spoke about the excuses we often give as reasons why we don’t serve God better than we do. He cited Moses’ excuses in response to the commands God gave him. His first excuse was that the Israelites would not believe that He had sent him to them. Nevertheless, God’s miraculous power manifested itself in him. The second time, when the Lord told him to go speak to Pharoah, Moses complained that he was not a good speaker, and when he kept on grumbling about it, He even angered the Lord. Still, God permitted him to take his brother Aaron to be the spokesman. Nevertheless, the accounts of the encounters with Pharoah always show that it was Moses who did the talking, proving that God had made the right choice all along.
If we take Moses’ excuses (many refer to them as reasons) into consideration, they both seem pretty reasonable for after all, the Israelites were a stubborn people and most bible scholars believe that Moses was, in fact, a stutterer. Even so, we must keep in mind that God knows the heart, and those who really know Him will conclude that He will never ask us to do anything that is unreasonable, and will always help us with the task He has set before us. Many times, peoples excuses or complaints seem to be valid, but often they are not. Here is an example: in the 12th Chapter of John is the story of the time when Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured some very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. When Judas saw it he complained that the perfume would have served a better purpose had it been sold and the money given to the poor. When you think about it, it seems like an honorable gesture. Quickly, however, that balloon is burst when it is revealed that He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. (John 12:6)
Pastors hear many excuses from their church members which seem reasonable on the surface, in particular those regarding busy schedules and the need to get a good night’s sleep. Though I have a hard time handling this type of excuses, God gives me the grace not to say what my heart often wants to say. I find it hard to relate because for over twenty years, I worked long hours and averaged about four hours of sleep on most days. Still, I never once missed out on a service or church function, and it certainly is not because I was special, but rather that God was always faithful. And if that was the cause for the dark bags under my eyes today, then I choose to wear them proudly. Excuses are for the weak. Show the world and those around you that God did not make a mistake when He chose you.
Memory Verse for the week: (1 Peter 2:9) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.