Luke 14:16-20, “Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.”
Some of the excuses people give for not going to church are ridiculous. I’ve substituted the word church with the word shopping to show how senseless excuses can be.
Ø I’m out of the habit of going shopping; I’d better not go today.
Ø I’ve not been shopping for so long the walls of the department store would fall in if I should go.
Ø I know a man who has gone shopping for years, and he is no better than I am.
Ø There are as many good people outside the shopping center as inside.
Ø Too many hypocrites go shopping.
Ø I stay away from shopping because of the kind of people who go there.
Ø I don’t like to go shopping. They are constantly asking for money.
Ø I don’t go shopping because my parents made me go as a child.
Ø I don’t go shopping – the last time I went not a single person spoke to me.
Ø I don’t go shopping because the store manager has never called on me.
Ø I don’t go shopping. It’s just too crowded and the stores are always too hot or too cold.
Ridiculous, isn’t it? So are people’s excuses for not going to church.So remember, the next time you make an excuse for not going to church, you really will sound foolish.
✞ Don’t make excuses. Just be in church.
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