Summary: Part 5 in the series Faith Basics. This sermon looks at the six most common reasons that people do not turn to God.
Excuses for Rejecting God
Faith Basics, part 5
Wildwind Community Church
David K. Flowers
September 23, 2007
Jesus told a story about the excuses people make for rejecting God.
Luke 14:16-24 (NIV)
16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ’Come, for everything is now ready.’
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.’
21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ’Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 "’Sir,’ the servant said, ’what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
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.
24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’"
I want to call attention to verse 18, which says, “They all alike began to make excuses." They made excuses, because they did not have any to offer without making them. A man has a feast and his friends make no excuses; but God has a feast, and not only prepares a table, but He goes out and invites people to come. They cannot go; they would like to go, they say, but cannot possibly, they have so much to do. Folks, today I want to show you what these excuses are, and you will see that actually they are downright lies. The Scripture says, "They began to make excuses." If those men had been invited to clean portajohns, if they had been invited to go to a hospital to witness some terrible operation, or if they had been invited to an execution, they would have had some reason for giving excuses; but these men were invited to a royal feast. It is not often that common people like you and me get an invitation to a royal feast. If Queen Elizabeth were to invite us to a feast at Windsor Castle, do you think we’d regard that as a huge honor? Do you suppose you would make excuses? I want to talk to you about an invitation today that is a thousand times beyond that. It is from God himself. It’s an invitation to join him in a feast at the end of time, when he calls his church to himself to be with him forever. It’s going to be a feast, a party, a huge banquet, and he wants to see you all there. The invitation is to every one here. All are invited - the lowest, the highest, the richest, the poorest, all can come. If they will. And that’s the catch.
Let’s look at the excuses of the three men mentioned here. Now you might say, “You can’t pick this apart, it’s just a story.” It is. But this story is meant to put the lie to our excuses, so let’s see if these excuses hold water. You already know the answer to that.