We all love freedom whether it’s natural or spiritual. If you’re lucky enough to live in a free and democratic nation, you’re thankful for that privilege which is not enjoyed by too many people on our planet. If you’re a Christian, you’re thankful for the spiritual freedom that we’ve received through our faith in Jesus and what he accomplished in His death and resurrection. We are free from an old way of living when we were slaves to sin, selfishness, bitterness, anger, deception and more. When you reflect on how your life has been transformed by the Gospel, you can’t help but be deeply thankful.
If you read about the nation of Israel and their journey from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the promised land, you’ll notice something that’s a little curious and a little disturbing. On more than one occasion, when circumstances got tough, the Israelites would tell Moses that they wished he never would’ve led them out of Egypt. In the midst of difficulty, the Israelites showed that they preferred slavery to freedom. Why? Because freedom isn’t cheap and it’s often demanding.
Sometimes we act in a similar way to the Israelites and that’s what I want to focus on in this post.
Let’s talk about Excuses.
An excuse is our attempt to sidestep our personal responsibility to do right and avoid wrong.
An excuse is also our declaration that we prefer slavery to freedom.
Freedom demands that we be accountable to God and to others for the choices we make of our own free will. When we make an excuse we are saying that we are not really free and so we are not really at fault. We are preferring slavery to accountability. We are preferring slavery to freedom.
If you’re a Christian, you are a slave no more. You are free. You are free to choose right and you are free to avoid wrong.
Don’t move toward a return to slavery by making excuses for when you’re not at your best. Choose to be responsible. Choose to be a accountable. Choose to stay free.
What kinds of situations tempt you the most to make excuses? What do you think you should do about that?