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Quit making excuses
What would you like to be different about your life? What changes would you like to see? Chances are, most of us can come up with two, three or four different things.
You might say, “You know, I really want to lose weight,” or “I really need to spend more time with my family,” or “I really want to read my Bible more,” or “I really need to find a mentor” — or whatever.
But, there’s a problem. The problem is as soon as I decide to be different, I come up with a thousand excuses to stay the same. It reminds me of the No. 1 excuse-maker in the Bible: Moses.
God called Moses to help deliver the Israelites from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. The people had been crying out for deliverance, and God chose Moses to do something out of his comfort zone and beyond his natural abilities.
God said, Moses, you’re my guy.
But Moses said, nom God, I’m not your guy!
Then, Moses pulled out his resume of excuses to explain why he isn’t good enough. What was he doing? He was looking at his own inabilities instead of God’s unlimited abilities.
I love God’s response in Exodus 4:11-12.
“The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’”
Moses was looking at his own limited power rather than God’s unlimited power and God calls him on it.
He essentially said, “In case you’re not paying attention, Moses, I created you, and if I’m going to ask you to do something, don’t you think, since I’m on your side, I’m going to help you get it done?”
Here are a couple of very practical thoughts for us today.
First, when God tells you what to do, go do it! No excuses. Quit analyzing it. Stop putting it off. Someone has said that delayed obedience is disobedience. So step out in faith.
Second, when you step out in obedience, God will do what you cannot. As you take those first steps of faith, he sees them and pours his power into the situation, and brings about a far greater result than you could have by yourself.
If God helps you first, there is no faith involved. That’s walking by sight, not by faith.
So, stop making excuses. Begin to do what God calls you to do. He will help. That’s his promise — and God always keeps his promises.
n The Rev. Mike Selland is pastor of New Home Foursquare Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.