In the corporate world, no competent staff desires to give excuses, no matter how authentic they may seem, because there’s not a boss who would accept them as reason for failure or ineffectiveness. As a matter of fact, professionals don’t give or take excuses. No reason is reason enough to fail.
These staff go the extra mile to meet and beat targets, seal seemingly unsealable deals and climb up the ladder because of their zest and love for what they do. How they manage to meander through grid locks and not be late to work even in the busiest of cities is amazing. They know how to map out their plans with the aim of eliminating excuses and failure at all cost.
However, it is disheartening how these same set of people don’t mind cooking up excuses (even those that don’t exist) to miss Church meetings. Why does it seem like the passion for their secular job is not translated into their work for the Lord? Why would you hear them say, “Pastor, I would’ve come to Church o, but for the weather”?
If you would comfortably get in the rain or devise a suitable means to go to work or meet up an important appointment, then why do you not have a problem with comfortably missing out on the fellowship with the brethren? If your boss would not take those flimsy excuses, why do you think God would?
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25 KJV
People have to be on fire for God. We have a lot of lukewarm Christians who want to serve God in their convenience. We can’t keep up with the lackadaisical attitude and expect to heap great eternal rewards.
That Jesus is coming soon is no new news but certainly will catch up with some unprepared—just like the story of the ten virgins echo.
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Matthew 24:20 KJV
If rapture were to happen on a day as Valentine’s Day, many would miss it.
When Jesus made this statement, He wasn’t saying they should pray so that it won’t be in winter. In the real sense, He was saying that the flight will be in winter or Sabbath. Christ will come as a thief in the night – when you least expect. But for those who are ready, it won’t be so.
For those who walk in darkness, the day of the Lord will overtake them as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4).
Are you on course, don’t lose focus. Are you complacent about this truth, then wake up. Are you on fire, don’t lose guard. Brace up. Jesus deserves your best. No excuse is worth your slack in the things of God – not your job, weather, family or even relationships. This is a call to order!
Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” There may never be a more convenient time to do what you ought.
Jesus didn’t consider the pain or the shame when He went all out for you. So, why would you allow the weather get in the way of your love for Him?
Pastor Preston Idoro.