“For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.”
The verse above comes from the parable about a man who had three servants to whom he entrusted his money for them to invest so that at his return he would have more money. When he returned, two of the servants doubled their money, to which he commended them.
The last servant took the money and laid it in a napkin until his master returned. When the master asked him what he did with his money, he told him that he laid it in a napkin because he supposedly feared his master. Hold on! Isn’t this the same master for whom the other two servants worked? If this is the same master, why were they not afraid of him? The real reason that this servant didn’t work with his master’s money was because he was lazy. The only thing this servant could give back to his master because of his laziness were excuses. The excuses that he gave were not the real reason he didn’t invest his master’s money.
The real reason that this servant didn’t invest this money was because he had a heart problem with his master. His excuse revealed his heart when he said that he feared him because he was “an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.” The excuse he gave was only a cover to hide his heart’s feelings and character’s laziness.
My friend, excuses are always a coverup for the real reason. You can think that your excuse can keep your real reason hidden, but the real reason always comes out. The first time you give an excuse many will believe it, but when you continually give an excuse for something, it is only revealing that you have a heart problem.
Moreover, your excuse is a lie. An excuse has no business in the Christian’s life. An excuse is deceitful at the core. If it wasn’t deceitful, why then can’t you be transparent about your real reason? Maybe the real reason you can’t tell the truth is because you know you are wrong, so the only way to justify it with your conscience is to lie by giving an excuse. The problem with this is that if your conscience is comfortable with lying, then you have a severe heart problem. You can try to package your lie with “good” excuses, but you still have to know that you are telling a lie.
My friend, there are two things you need to do when your conscience is comfortable about packaging your lie in an excuse. First, you need to get your heart right with the LORD. There is no other way for me to say this, because anyone who can lie and it not bother them is backslidden. A person who is right with the LORD will never feel comfortable with lying. If you are comfortable with packaging a lie with an excuse, you are either backslidden or lost.
The second thing you need to do is tell the truth. Telling the truth may not be comfortable, but if you know you are going to tell the truth all the time, you will find that it will motivate you to change those areas of your life where you would want to give an excuse. Telling the truth will force you into becoming a good Christian. What are you going to do with the truth? Let me encourage you to stop giving excuses and let truth be the action you always choose.