We all make them, but I am trying to purge them from my existence. I even bought a T-Shirt to help. That is the key, right?
My shirt says “Excuses Suck.”
That is truth. An excuse does nothing except keep us chained to whatever bad behavior that we have lived out. They hold us back. They keep us stuck. Yet, not all excuses are created equal.
There is one sin excuse that especially sends me over the edge.
It goes something like this: Person gets busted. Busted person says “Well…I’m not perfect.”
If they really have it going on, they will add in an extra twist designed to shame any correction that you might offer them. It usually goes something like this: “Well, I’m sorry that I’m not perfect like you.”
“I’m not perfect.” It seems like such a perfect excuse because it is perfectly true. You are not perfect. I am not perfect. But, guess what. It is perfectly a lame excuse. Don’t use it.
Obviously, we are all flawed. We all sin. We all fail. Sometimes, we do so fantastically. Yet, the reality of our imperfection is no license to sin without the expectation of consequences. This is true for all people. It is especially true for those of us who claim to know Jesus Christ.
I read an excellent exhortation by the Apostle Paul today in 1 Corinthians 3:3. Here, Paul is criticizing the church for acting just like the world around them. They are full of jealousy and quarreling and division as they are more concerned with following men than following Jesus. In my favorite line, Paul says…
“Are you not acting like mere men?”
Do you see why the bar just got raised in your life?
There is a gigantic assumption in that simple statement. What is that assumption?
We are not “mere” men or “mere” women. As followers of Jesus, we are something much, much more and excuses run contrary to our identity.
In 2 Peter 1:3, the Apostle Peter declared:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.“
You see, the Bible says that we are people who have been equipped by God to live a holy life. We are people who have been given “everything” we need. We are in a living, breathing relationship with God himself. We have divine power within us as the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers us.
We have resources that do not have boundaries.
Our problems do not plague us because we are imperfect. Our problems plague us because we do not employ the divine resources given to us.
We have no excuse.
You are imperfect. I know. Me too. Our knowledge of that biblical reality is what drives us to Jesus Christ and ought to cause us to have grace for each other. There is lot’s of room for grace. I write here about how we all desperately need encouragement in this journey. But, my emphasis here is that our imperfection is not an excuse to write off our sin as something that we can do nothing about.
Do you believe God’s Word?
If so, God has promised you divine resources…far more than I have even mentioned in this post…to empower a godly life. Lean into them. And when you do fail, don’t make excuses. God has a plan for your failures.
It is called repentance. You simply own your sin, ask for forgiveness and turn away from your sin.
Remember, you are not mere men or mere women. No. You are much more. You have been created in Christ for far more than average living. Take hold!
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