The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” Proverbs 22:13
I have found that many will make excuses as to why they will not do or participate in something; but the saddest thing is when someone who claims to be a child of God is always making excuses why they can’t be used in serving the Lord. The issue is not that they cannot, but that they will not. Many times the reason is because they don’t want to be inconvenienced; they just don’t want to get out of their comfort zone. When someone is asked to come to Church School, their response is, “I can’t because it’s too early.” Or they are asked, “Can you please bring the prayer for Church School devotion?” and the reply is, “I can’t pray because…” We have to stop making excuses when we have the opportunity to grow or be used by the Lord. There is no need for anyone to say that they want to be used by the Lord and whenever they are presented with the opportunity they always opt out by making some lame excuse that is not legitimate.
As Christians, we need to be very careful about making excuses. The issue many times is not can’t, but won’t. It seems that many prefer to use can’t.
“I just can’t get along with so and so…”
“I just can’t communicate with…”
“I can’t discipline my children because I will get in trouble.”
“I can’t make my children come to Church School because they wake up early Everyday for school.”
“I can’t come to prayer on Wednesday night.”
“I can’t quit gossiping.”
No, any Christian who takes the Scriptures seriously will have to confess the word really should be “won’t.” Why? Because we have been given the ability to overcome. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
Now, there are some legitimate excuses for not being able to do some things, such as, illness, transportation problems, and work schedules. But I have found that not everyone is ill, or has transportation issues, or are working. The reason is you just won’t! So the Child of God must stop avoiding the truth, start living in reality by stating:
“I just won’t get along with so and so…”
“I just won’t communicate with…”
“I won’t discipline my children because I don’t want to get in trouble.”
“I won’t make my children come to Church School.”
“I won’t come to prayer on Wednesday night.”
“I won’t quit gossiping.”
This is nothing other than blatant defiance and laziness! We need to wake up! We are children of the King, and it is a privilege to be used by Him. Ask yourself, how would you feel, if the Lord made it so that you would not be able to do anything for Him, but you wanted to.
Your servant in Christ,