“Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.” (Luke:14:16-17) Jesus tells us of this man that spent a good amount of time, money, and effort preparing a great meal for people in his area. There is only one problem… everyone he invites had their own reason why they can’t make it.
Although this story is a couple thousand years old, it a still very relevant today. You don’t have to spend much time in the ministry to realize how true this story is. No matter what aspect of the ministry you work in there is something you will always find… Excuses!
“Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few:” (Luke:10:2a)
It’s easy to get people to see that there is a need, but its more difficult getting them to volunteer to do what is necessary to fulfill that need. Excuses seem to always get in the way!
Some common areas where excuses are found…
1) Soul-Winning – This is one of the biggest ones! Any member of the church will agree that the church needs to push to see more souls saved. It’s an obvious need, so why does the soul-winning group tend to be the smallest group in the church? You will have 150 in service Sunday morning, 40 Ladies show up to Ladies meetings, 60 people show up to couples activities, and 20+ teens going to activities on a monthly basis. Yet, when it comes to soul-winning you may have 10-15 show up, and when you invite more members to show up to soul-winning you will always hear excuses.
“I would love to go soul-winning with y’all but that’s when Johnny has his soccer games.”
“Sorry, but Saturdays are my only day off and I need to get some things done.”
Doesn’t matter what the story is, there’s always an excuse!
2) Inviting People to Church – You only have to go door knocking one time to see this one! Invite someone to church and you are almost guaranteed to hear an excuse of why they can’t make it.
“Church isn’t really my thing.”
“I grew up in church and didn’t like the preacher too much.”
“We prefer to use Sundays for family time.”
Everyone has their own reason why they can’t make it.
3) Witnessing to Someone – Sadly, this one is very common as well. You can talk to someone about salvation, answer their questions, and even lead them down the Romans Road… but there still always seems to be reasons for someone not to accept Christ as their person Savior.
“I don’t really have time right now, kind of busy.”
“That sounds good to me, but I’m not quite ready for something like that… still trying to get some things figured out.”
This one is especially scary because it determines a person’s eternal home.
Unfortunately, excuses are everywhere in the ministry and there isn’t much you can do about it. The only thing that you can control is your own actions. Most people have a “someone else” mentality. Whenever they see a need, they assume someone else will take care of it. Whenever money needs to be raise, they figure that someone else will raise the money. It’s easy to have that mentality, but it usually doesn’t work out like that.
Here is a quick challenge that someone once challenged me with… When you see a need, fill it! Don’t make an excuse why you can’t do it or why it would be better for someone else to do it. Just simply fill the need! Trust me, we have enough people in churches that point out problems but aren’t willing to be a part of the solution. We need more people to step up and fill needs when they see them! Does your church need someone to help on the busses? Why not you? Maybe they need someone to watch kids in Jr Church, why not you?
Whatever the need is, I encourage you to drop the excuses and simply fill it!