Matthew 12:1-21; Leviticus 14; Proverbs 26
Some people will always find a good reason (excuse) for not doing something that needs to be done. “The dog ate my homework.” “I couldn’t make the meeting because I had family in town.” “I was late because traffic was too bad.” You know those kinds of people. Ok, let’s be honest, you may be one of those people sometimes – I am. Proverbs talks about people like that. “A lazy person says, ‘There’s a lion in the path! A lion in the plazas!’” (Proverbs 26:13) If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another. In reality, that’s all they are – excuses. How often do I make excuses for not doing what I know God wants me to do? “I’m too busy;” “someone else can do it;” or, the old favorite: “it’s not my spiritual gift.” There is a world that needs to know the love and forgiveness of God. There is a world of people that need to restore their relationship with God. God is calling each of us to go out into this world and share His grace and mercy. Will we respond in obedience or are we going to worry about the lions in the path?
Lord, I come before You with no excuses except to say that I have been frightened and disobedient. I am worried about what others will say and do as I share Your love. Please forgive me. Help me to have the courage and the confidence to share Your amazing grace and mercy to people who need You.