Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul gives us in Philippians 3:13-14 a great lesson to each of those who have known the Lord. To give ourselves to Jesus Christ, we have committed to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. We are called by God and, as such, we have to give an answer to that call. Is likely to feel with jelly legs face the responsibility; but we must bear in mind that it is all part of the process.
In the Bible we find how each of the servants that God called responded to that call. What I love about the Bible is that gets to the point because it presents to every man or woman as he or she was, with his or her strengths and weaknesses. In no way were pluperfect superheroes, but real men and women of flesh and blood that including for God they had excuses. Of course, the Lord had a sure way to deal with every excuse.
Moses, to be called said he had difficulty speaking. God answered the following: Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say (Exodus 4:12). Isaiah told God that he was of unclean lips, perhaps meaning that he was badly spoken. Faced with this excuse of the prophet, God provided the following solution: Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is atoned for (Isaiah 6:6-7). Jeremiah apologized to God, saying he was a child. God’s answer was blunt: Then the Lord said to me: Do not say, “I am only a youth,” for you will go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you (Jeremiah 1:7).
In the New Testament, we also see some excuses of those who were called. An example is the one who asked the Lord to let him bury his father first, to which Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead (Matthew 8:22). We also know the story of the rich young man who chose not to attend the call of the Lord for not letting their property.
I will not be hypocritical with you; I’ve also made my excuses to the Lord. One was when I tried not to serve in the ministry of marriages for considering me unworthy because my divorced condition. Of course God had his way and I had no another option than serving there and He is greatly glorified because at my weakness, all I could do about it did not come from me but from Him.
If you are today wrestling with excuses for not respond to God’s call, remember that we are not yet a finished product. We continue to be processed every day, we are in the process. On the other hand, the work is not yours or mine but Heavenly Father who will guide us step by step to comply with excellence. God bless you.