From Pastor Conrad, Family Ministries Pastor at MCA . . .
This past Sunday after Pastor Ginette read the parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14:16-24 and some time was spent discussing the excuses people made to the host. On their own, the excuses were not wrong. However, the excuses were keeping them from something really good; the best thing that could have happened to them in fact. The everyday things of life were distracting them from the important decision they needed to make.
For us today . . . we make the same mistake, don’t we? Perhaps we find ourselves making excuses. There’s certainly nothing wrong with living life, working hard, buying a house or getting married . . . all those things are good things. But, they cease to be good things if they keep us from the best thing. Our priorities are sometimes not quite what they should be.
While listening to the sermon, I immediately thought of my children. If I was to say to one of them, “let’s go outside and ride our bikes,” she would be off like a rocket. Her helmet would be strapped on and he would be perched on her bike before I even laced up my shoes! Or if I said, “it’s salon time,” the nail polish would be out in record time. But as soon as I say, “it’s time for bed” or “please put your clothes away,” all of a sudden my energetic, lightning-quick children are reduced to heaps of exhausted and excuse-filled sacks of bones!
What is the difference? Motivation. Kids work hard when they’re motivated by certain challenges or by fun or whatever else suits them. They avoid things like putting their clothes away because they don’t see WIIFM (What’s In It For Me).
As Christians, we often perform the duties of our lives with the same enthusiasm my girls have for biking and painting nails. We work hard, both on the job and at home, motivated by a desire for better living conditions or even a bigger paycheck. Like the people in the parable, those things are not wrong. But, do we have the same intensity to know Jesus and make Him known and to serve others?
This weekend, I challenge you to read Philippians 3:7-21, When you get there, circle or highlight or underline verse 12: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
As we continue to celebrate and highlight Missions this month at church and the spreading of the gospel to all corners of the earth, let’s continue to press on ourselves for the eternal prize that God has promised. That should be a healthy motivation for all of us.