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Thursday, September 2, 2010

EXCUSES

We live in an excuse driven world.

If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another. ~Yiddish Proverb

An excuse is…. Well, with a little effort you could turn it into a lie. They are ultra functional, they fit every occasion, and are certainly not prejudicial. Any and everyone may employ them.

We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty.
~Marcus Fabius Quintilian

How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw life away.
~Bill Copeland

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. ~Kimberly Johnson

"I wasn't using my phone. I was just resting my head against it!"

Cop, “I stopped a car in a rural area of our county for going 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The driver explained that he had a bee flying around his head so he sped up to 80, hoping that the bee couldn't fly that fast and would not be able to fly out of the back seat area to get at him.”

Even with multiple warnings we still try to excuse ourselves. Is an excuse an admission of failure and hoping to get sympathy from a fellow traveler?

As the world stands today there is an acceptance of excuses as being normal, it avoids telling the truth and cannot be construed to be an outright lie.

But, in the kingdom of GOD different rules apply. If we are not careful we will forget that there is only right and wrong with nothing in between; no excuses allowed.

The Omnis’ have us, the Omnipresence. Omniscience, Omnipotence leaves no wiggle room. God is all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere. You might as well admit you are wrong for he knows it already; an excuse would only offend GOD.

Serving GOD requires one to be opened faced, nothing hid, and obedience in all things. It is called in scripture “walking in the spirit or being led by the spirit.” Check it out, look at it as this way; this is the road where “all things work together for good”.

Why serve GOD after one has secured heaven as your heavenly home? Perhaps this is beyond me to fully explain. But there are a many reasons to consider, you were born again to serve, and that only. You are a servant of GOD.

Heaven is your home, but let us suppose you came home, and the house was empty, nary a thing in it, not even dust. You are home but it would be nice if you had some amenities to make it more habitable. The amenities are earned by service (work and faithfulness).

Let’s assume you went to your favorite hamburger place and the guy in front of you ordered a burger deluxe, with three patties, lettuce, tomato, favorite dressing and sesame seed bun, added French fries, a coke, onion rings and ketchup. And for desert he orders a big slice of pie with ice cream. He receives his order and proceeds to his table.

Then you step up and say I will have the same as the last man has.

A few minutes later the server brings you order but all you got was a plain bun. No meat or taters or coke or pie. Both go to the same place and both expect the same satisfaction but one does without.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

This will bring either good news or bad, either the deluxe burger or the bun. If this is remotely true it would behoove us to walk circumspectly before GOD.

Revelations 22:12 "Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done.

So there you have it.

I need to remind myself the recompense of reward requires service. No service and unrighteous living, no reward, - - faithful service, good reward.  Isn’t it nice for GOD to allow us to decide which reward will be ours?

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