They all with one accord began to ask to be excused. The first man said to the servant ‘I have bought a field and am obliged to go and look at it. I must ask you to consider me excused.’ The next said ‘I have bought five pairs of bullocks, and I am on my way to try them. I must ask you to consider me excused’; While the next said ‘I am just married, and for that reason I am unable to come.’ (Luke 14:18-20)
As Gilda Radner said, it’s always something.
These were especially lame excuses:
- Did the first man buy this field sight unseen? I have some land in the Everglades for you, too!
- Did the second man plan to try out the oxen in the dark? The call to the meal came in the evening.
- The third man was being invited to a dinner, not a war, which was the reason the law gave to be excused (cf. Deuteronomy 24:5)
And, they were in one accord, too!
There are always excuses we can come up with not to respond to God’s call. And they sound good to our ears when we give them. But ultimately there’s no excuse to turn our backs on “…that heavenward Call which God gave me through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14b)
The will of God cannot be frustrated. We all have a call and we all have a purpose for our life. Our task is to answer that call and do it. If we do not answer the call, someone else will. And that someone else will reap the reward that God has for his or her life.
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. (Luke 14:23-24)