I saw a really funny post from a teacher today. He hung a note on his computer and told his students that it was the last day of the quarter and he no longer was taking late assignments. The responsibility was theirs and they should do the work when He gives them the opportunity. Basically, no excuses for your grade, you had the chance. Now it is too late.
Often times in our society we want extra chances. We don’t want there to be consequences for what we do. We, as parents, are constantly make excuses for our children and their behavior and everyone is a superstar no matter how average they are.
We don’t leave room for failure. We only leave room for excuses.
I have learned the greatest things in my life while facing my own failures. You can read one way Christ revealed Himself to me through some of my most shameful moments in “Who Will Bear My Shame in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3”
I don’t want my kids to fail. I don’t want them to fall. But I know deep down in my heart it will lead them to growth both emotionally and spiritually.
At this time of year we are facing down Calvary’s road right at the cross. Overall, the cross looked like a well laid out plan that completely failed.
On Palm Sunday everyone was parading Christ in singing Hosanna! Praise God! Here is our Savior! By late Thursday early Friday they had completely turned on Him. We want answers. We want a Superstar. They began making excuses for following the crowd and denying who He was. They wanted one more miracle, one more sign, just one more.
Apparently, all He had done to this point to prove who He was, was not enough. Show us and show us now or you are a failure. Even His disciples temporarily questioned who He was. As if all they had seen was not enough. I would clearly think from them, there would be no excuses. They saw it. They witnessed it. Yet here they were denying Him, betraying Him, doubting Him.
Doubt, denial, betrayal. Character flaws that are quick and easy for us to judge. But Jesus tells us we are to take up our crosses daily, which means He knows that we are going to fill our lives with excuses. It also means that it is a constant work. We too, sometimes daily, deny, doubt, and betray our “King.”
We are surrounded by His goodness, grace, and mercy, yet we are always looking for one more sign, one more miracle. Then we will believe, and then we will follow.
As Jesus stood before the high council they said to Him, “Tell us, are you the Messiah?” But He replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me. And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand.” Luke 23:67-69
The leading priests, the teachers of religious law were staring God in the face and they couldn’t see Him and they were making excuses. Jesus even said to them, it doesn’t matter what I tell you, it doesn’t matter what I do to prove myself to you, you won’t believe.
Are you tired of making excuses? Are you tired of trying to find ways for Christ to prove Himself to you?
As you stand on the road to the cross this Easter season, don’t wait one more minute. Don’t come to the cross with your excuses. Come to the cross with your open heart. Lay down all that you have at the feet of Jesus.
If you are already a believer in Christ, He is waiting to do His work in you. We are to serve him with passion and desire to further His purposes and to further His kingdom. Are you diligently seeking and serving your Lord or are you daily making excuses about how busy you are and filling your life with much more of you?
If you have not ever made the decision to call Jesus Lord of your life, don’t wait another minute.
Philippians 2:9-11 tells us, Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
A well laid out plan that failed, NO WAY! He has been exalted to a place of highest honor. He has been given the name above all other names. To Him, Every knee will bow. A well laid out plan was perfectly executed for you and me.
Friends, there will be a day when no more excuses will be able to be made. We will get to the final quarter, we will get to the day when all grades will need to be turned in. Paul tells us in Philippians that on that day EVERY knee will bow, EVERY tongue will confess, Jesus Christ as Lord.
On that day, No more excuses will be able to be made. As you stand at the crossroad facing the cross please don’t miss your opportunity to make the choice to follow Him. Make it today so that you can someday stand confidently before Jesus and call Him Lord.
Friends, I will pray that you will make a choice today to make no more excuses. That you will follow the Lord with passion and a burning desire to only live a life pleasing to Him.