I’m pretty good at making excuses. Always have been. What about you?

In Luke 14 Jesus tells a story about excuses. Bottom line: Jesus doesn’t really like excuses.

Here’s the parable paraphrased: Rich dude threw a party; really a lavish banquet. Many who were invited made EXCUSES why they couldn’t attend.

[18] “But they all alike began to MAKE EXCUSES. The first said, `I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. PLEASE EXCUSE ME.’ [19] “Another said, `I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. PLEASE EXCUSE ME.’ [20] “Still another said, `I just got married, so I can’t come.’

None of their excuses were accepted; none of ours will ever be accepted either.

[23] “Then the master told his servant, `Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, SO THAT MY HOUSE WILL BE FULL.”

Here’s my summary of the parable:

1. God wants his house (church) full.

2. God wants us to stop making excuses for not being full.

3. God wants us to “GO OUT” so his “house will be full”

What are you waiting for? Time to go and make disciples!