What would it be like to receive an invitation from God to a party, but turn it down because you had something better to do? Jesus tells a story that exposes our excuses as a cover for different priorities.
Our sometimes ridiculous excuses are a way we minimize our sin. But if we are always minimizing, we are never growing from it. This message is a challenge to stop excusing and start killing our sin.
When God asks seemingly impossible things of us, he isn’t trying to set us up for failure, but lead us to obedience in his strength. Moses had a hard time getting that (and most of us do to!). We must learn to trust in God’s ability more than our sufficiency.
We think “if I had more, I’d give more.” But the opposite if often the reality. Paul reminds a young church that it is joy that fuels generosity, not wealth.