Plot Twist: Week 8 - Day 2

Opening Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, make me mindful of your plans for me. Don’t let me be so fixated on myself that I miss golden opportunities to share your love with others. May my life resemble a life spent more in obedience to you, than one spent in sacrifice for things that have little eternal value.

 

Read: Luke 14:18, NIV

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.’”

 

Reflect:   

I often wonder, who would “not” want to accept Jesus’ invitation to spend eternity with him in heaven? If we were all to weigh the amount of time we have on earth compared to the time we will live in eternity, it seems like a reasonable investment to make our plans for eternity now. What is even more amazing is that Jesus offers us this free gift of salvation, yet so many turn him down. You might debate me and say, “people don’t deny Jesus, they just put him off.” That is exactly the point Jesus makes in this parable. All the people were making excuses. We do not know what all the excuses were, but suffice it to say, that if the one excuse shared in this verse was a sampling of all the other excuses – they were very weak ones indeed!

The first one says, “I have bought a field and I must go and see it.” In Matthew Henry’s commentary of the bible, he shares that this man was too full of the world to give time and energy to the Lord.  It seems absurd that someone would purchase land without having already surveyed and scouted it out. Matthew 6:24, (NIV) says, “no one can serve two masters: either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The things of this world will pass away, so be on guard that they do not get in between you and your devotion to God.

While the excuses portrayed in this verse seem to be innocent standoffishness, which “we” could never imagine being partakers in…think about your life today. Did you pass by someone who you thought for a second might be in need, but really didn’t have time to help them? Did a young person approach you about providing some godly counsel to them? Were you presented with an opportunity to fund someone’s upcoming mission trip but said you really had no means to do so now? Let the Holy Spirit guide you every day, to be obedient and always ready to do your part for the building of the kingdom. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)   

 

Apply: 

Consider if your life truly lines up with Matthew 6:33, NIV – “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Do you have room to love God’s people? Do you have time to give the gift of God’s love to others? Who took time to share God’s love with you? My guess is that if you stop and look back on God’s blessings in your life…you will find that he has taken time for you over and over. How recently did you have an excuse for God?

 

Closing Prayer: 

Father God, let me never be too focused on this world. Let me never be too busy that I have no time for you or your people. Let me never forget your kindness and mercy you shower upon me each and every day and may I share that same mercy with others. Amen.

Terry Schneider