“Do You Get Tired of Excuses?”

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I’m pretty certain I’ve heard most every reason (read: excuse) people can give for not coming to worship on Sunday mornings. There are certainly some very valid reasons such as some folks do indeed work Sundays and don’t have a say or choice in it. Even that reason has some breaking points that prove it is not completely valid, but that’s for another article. Most however are truly excuses, which really equate to apathy or a lack of love and relationship with the Lord.

 “I have company in town” Do they not need to hear the Word of God? If they do not want to come, what does your witness say when you choose to skip worship too? What better witness than to tell them you will be in worship and they are welcome to join you. (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 1:16)

“I don’t have anything nice to wear” Really? Jesus and the disciples wore tunics and sandals. Do you think your wearing a t-shirt and jeans would make Him say, “No, don’t come to worship unless you have a dress or tie to wear.” (Seriously? – No Bible verse needed)

“But Sunday’s are my only day to sleep in” I wonder as people pray, what their response would be if God said, “Sorry, I’ve napping now and that’s more important to me than your wants. Try calling back later.” (Psalm 121:4)

“We had plans for…” Other plans are fine from time to time. But, where is your heart if other plans happen more frequently than planning to be with God in worship? You place so many things on your schedule/calendar; games, meeting, parties, sporting events. Is Sunday morning worship blocked out on your calendar? If not, then what is that saying about where your priorities are? (James 4:8)

“I’m not being fed” Most people are responsible for what goes into their bodies. When was the last time you sat at the table and had someone play, “Open the hanger door, here comes the plane?” Likewise with worship, what do you do or contribute to your “feeding?” If you come expecting a show and expect others to feed you, you don’t get the understanding of what worship is about. It’s what you put into it, this is you worshipping your God, not opening your mouth and saying “gimme, gimme!” (Psalm 95:6)

“I don’t need to go” Then you don’t believe in the God of the Bible because He disagrees with your opinion. He says you have to stay connected to the church. (John 15: 4-6, Heb. 10:24-25.)

These are but a few of the multitude of excuses, and there is an answer in God’s Word for all of them. The issue is really, either your heart is for God or you have a divided spirit and God is just “part” of your life. (Isaiah 29:13, Rev 3:15-19)

It’s time to return to the Lord. His day is near. (Mark 13:32-33) When He comes, will He find you with Him or with the world? (Joel 2:12, Zachariah 1:3)

Come, now is the time to worship! (John 4:23)

Pastor Bill

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