One habit people seem to struggle with is that of making excuses. We can try to rationalize or justify it, but no matter how you spin it, it’s still an excuse. There may be legitimate reasons for why we do not complete a task or assignment, but I wonder how many times our reason for not completing a task is no more than an excuse. Something else to take note of here is how far some will go to make and justify their excuse. Some people work harder on an excuse than they do attempting to finish or complete an assignment.
We need to realize that when each of us were born, we were created with talents and abilities. We are to use those talents and abilities to make a contribution while we are here on earth. We were not created to just consume resources (eating, breathing and taking up space). God has designed each one of us to fulfill a plan and purpose. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you were called to ministry, or service. Ephesians 2:10 says, “God has created us for good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do.” Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God and fulfilling one of your purposes.
At the end of our lives we will each stand before God, and He is going to evaluate how well you served others in your life. Let’s think about this for a moment. God will compare how much time and energy you spent on yourself, and compare it to how much you invested in serving others.
I would like to invite you to hear the June sermon series, “Called to Serve”, to learn more about how you can use your talents and abilities in service to God. Please join us at 10:45am each Sunday.
- June 2: How to Make a Difference in Our Lives (Acts 10)
- June 9: Prepare to Server (1 Peter 2)
- June 16: Personal Preparation to Serve (Exodus 19)
- June 23: A Growing Relationship with Christ (1 Corinthians 23)
- June 30: Stop Making Excuses (Philippians 4)
In His Service,
David Nowell, Pastor
Castlewood Baptist Church