Do you love making excuses? If yes, you are not alone. Most people would like to make excuses rather than make things happen. Jim Rohn, one of the most popular motivational speakers of all time said this: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
As Christians, let me ask you a question, “What’s your excuse?” When God calls you to be part of His Church, “What’s your excuse?” When God asks you to follow His commandments, “What’s your excuse?” If there’s work to do in the Church, “What’s your excuse?”
There’s no doubt; making excuses is a deadly habit for Christians. In fact, it has a lot of negative effects. Making excuses can reduce our motivation and retard our spiritual growth. Worst of all, making excuses can prevent us from reaching the Kingdom of God.
Thus, it is imperative for every Christian to stop making excuses when God calls them to accomplish His will and purpose in their lives. In this blog, let me share with you 3 of the best ways you can stop making excuses and start living a life of progress and productivity.
Point no. 1: Stop blaming
Now, if you want to stop making excuses, you need to stop blaming others of your fault. You need to be responsible and mature enough to accept accountability for your actions. Remember the story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent? It was the perfect illustration of how to play the blame game.
When God asked Adam why they were hiding and whether they have eaten the forbidden fruit, Adam was quick in passing the blame to his wife. Instead of accepting full responsibility, he conveniently saved his own skin by blaming Eve. However, when God confronted Eve, she immediately passed the blame to the serpent.
So, you see. Making excuses is not new. The first man and woman made excuses, and even the servants of God throughout the Bible have made their own excuses. Worst of all, so many people don’t just blame other people, but they also blame God! We have come to the lowest point in our lives that we see God as someone to blame for all the unfortunate events in our lives.
When we stop blaming, we can also stop making excuses. When we finally see the need to be mature, we can now be more responsible. God can then entrust us with more responsibilities when we stop blaming others.
Point no. 2: Obey
The second point on how you can stop making excuses is just one single word: OBEY. Sounds simple enough, right? But it isn’t. It is easier said than done. Following God is not just about doing what He wants us to do, but it is also about doing it from the heart.
Instead of making excuses, why not just obey God? If God wants us to do something, why not just do it and just leave everything in the mighty hands of God?
King Saul of Israel could have saved his royal lineage if he just obeyed and avoid making excuses. In I Samuel 15, we read the incident when God commanded King Saul to completely annihilate the Amalekites including their livestock. Instead of obeying God, Saul spared Agag, the king of Amalekites. Not only that, but Saul saved the “best of sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them.”
What was the excuse of King Saul? He blamed his servants and said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God” (verse 15).
He seemed to have the PERFECT excuse until he heard the words of Samuel. Samuel said, “Behold to OBEY is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams” (verse 22).
Even if we have the best intentions, if it isn’t in line with God’s will and purpose, we are just going to end up a failure.
So, we see here, the best way to overcome making excuses is to obey. When you obey God, we don’t need to make excuses anymore. Why? Because we have trusted God that all things will work out for good if we only follow His commandments. All we must do is obey, and God will take care of the rest.
Point no. 3: Concentrate on the reward
Remember the quote I mentioned earlier? If something is important to you, you will find a way to do it. You won’t see the need to make excuses because you knew the importance of what is asked of you.
For us to see the value of God’s commandments and our Christian calling, we must concentrate on the reward. If we keep our eyes on the goal and remember God’s promises, we have more than what we need to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives rather than finding ways not to do it.
Hebrews 11:13 tells us, “These all died in faith not having received the promises, BUT HAVING SEEN THEM AFAR OFF WERE ASSURED OF THEM, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 made excuses at some point in their lives. However, they knew the value of God’s calling. They might not have received the complete rewards of God during their lifetime, they have seen them afar off! They used the eyes of faith to focus their minds on the rewards. For them, nothing is more real than the coming Kingdom of God and the rewards He has prepared for His people.
Do you see the value of our Christian calling? The moment you realized that God’s reward is GREATER than our excuses, then you will inevitably become a more responsible, zealous, and devoted Christian.
Do you want to overcome the need to make excuses? If yes, then you must remember these 3 points. To stop making excuses, you need to be responsible, obey God, and concentrate on His rewards.
When we finally stand before the judgment seat of God, He won’t accept excuses. He won’t ask about why you didn’t follow His words. Rather, He is more interested in how you kept His word and endured until the end.
So, let us all stop making excuses, and start making the positive changes that God wants to see in our lives.
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