All of out excuses. How about you?

All of out excuses. How about you? November 17, 2014

I was once a Bible-breathing-on-fire young man, ready to change the world.

I did my share of shaking things up. But then life got in the way — Marriage. Kids. Jobs. Career. A mortgage. Soon, I had every excuses, every reasons why I couldn’t change the world.

And I’m still using them.

Only now, I use my past as an excuse, littered with selfishness and broken relationships. I have proven inadequacies, personal chinks in my armor that I know leave me vulnerable. I have doubts and uncertainties about my abilities. “Pick someone else,” I pray.


Indeed, if you are like me, we are all beset by sins and failures, fears and temptations. I hope to get a grip on the ball, but it slips out of my grasp.

Paul had a similar conversation with some first-century believers. He acknowledged all the excuses in 1 Cor 1:26-29. “Not many of you were wise by human standards. Not many of you were influential. Not many were of noble birth”

Well, that sums up most of the Christians I know. We are a ragtag group of nobodies.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world…He chose the weak things of the world…He chose the lowly and despised things of the world…”
Basically, we are without excuse, because we didn’t choose God. He chose us.
Being a Red Letter Believer means that you take on the words of Christ and you begin to not just believe in them, but you begin to live them out. When we begin to embrace them and flesh them out, we will see the world around you change. Those precious Words can redeem our schools, our workplaces, our governments and our planet.

Things are pretty bleak out there. Wars. Weather. Terrorism. Anger. Despair. It’s all around us and there is urgency for God’s elect to redeem the culture – to change the world.

So what’s my excuse?

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  • I so want to make excuses for yet another new thing God is calling me to do tomorrow. I don’t have time; I don’t have words; I don’t have knowledge; I’m too quiet; on and on.

    Yet He’s chosen me. That’ll have to be enough. Isn’t He always?

    Another thought-provoking post…thank you….

    • Whatever it is, Lisa, I have every confidence in you to be used of God to accomplish His will.

  • I’ve stopped trying to change the world. Now I just pray to be used of God…for Him to use me to somehow be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post, David!

  • It’s so easy to just have this selfish focus where our to-do lists and schedules and energy levels and families and stresses are all that matters. But there’s a world out there speeding towards hell – what are we doing about it?

  • I love that God uses the seemingly worthless/inexperienced/foolish things to bring Him glory.

    The older I get the more unqualified I feel I am to work for His kingdom and yet He still uses me! It’s amazing!

  • Great post, we have to turn our eyes to God and His word, allowing those things to remove any excuses we have or could bring up.