no excuses

being a pastor means hearing excuses.

lots of them.

it’s one of the few things i hate about what i do.


“i don’t have time to read the bible.”


“i don’t know how to pray.”


“i can’t afford to tithe.”


“i’m too busy to work on my marriage right now.”


“i don’t have anything of value to give in service to my church or others.”


“i don’t know enough about the faith to teach it to my kids.”


“i can’t stop eating… or drinking… or cheating…”


i think each of these – and plenty of other statements – can be stated in one and the same way:


“i don’t want to.”

since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.

instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy… and do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.

remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

– ephesians 4.21-24, 30

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1 Response to no excuses

  1. Cissy Carr says:

    That’s right Jeff, we don’t want to give up our sinfulness and change to become a new creation in Him. That takes effort, thought, purposefulness, and the dreaded word . . . discipline.

    However, if we just pause a mere minute and contemplate all God the Father’s effort, thought, and purposefulness in sending His Only Son to die for our sinfulness, well . . . .I become humbled and ashamed at my excuses. May I this day pause and contemplate God and then begin anew throwing off my excuses enabling me to become a new creation in Him! Thanks for poking me today, I need poking.

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