Luke #37: Table Talk
Just your normal sabbath
Are there any places in your life where rules trump compassion and grace?
Where have you been tempted to seek your own honor?
How many of our earthly concerns are really just excuses we use to let ourselves give what we really want priority over God and his kingdom?
The kingdom of God is a banquet that some people have found so dull they’d rather spend their time with business matters, property deals, or family concerns. Do we dare tell God, “Serving You is dull business”? God can deal with that as long as we don’t give Him some phony excuse.
Martin Luther once said that sin does not hurt us as much as our own righteousness. Excuses are an attempt to be righteous and innocent before God. God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ on the Cross is not innocence, but responsible guilt. I can be responsibly guilty and confess my failure, and I can be forgiven. When I am responsibly guilty there is a chance to move on. To live without excuses is to accept our humanity and fallibility, which is what real humility is all about. I can confess my failure because I have the security of being loved and forgiven by the ultimate Person.