DEALING WITH THE EXCUSE FACTOR IN WINNING FRIENDS

 Excuses have been, and will always remain one of the most powerful weapons of Satan used constantly against people – #ProsperAnangQuotes

 The truth remains that we’re surrounded by a lot of excuses why we can’t or shouldn’t do what we’ve been divinely mandated to do. The tendency to always want to give excuses is a part of the human nature, most especially when a man doesn’t seem to see his interest gratified in what he’s expected to do. Excuses have been, and will always remain one of the most powerful weapons of Satan used constantly against people.

Luke 9:57-60

 57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 

58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 

60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: BUT GO THOU AND PREACH THE KINGDOM OF GOD. 

61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 

62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 From our opening text, the statement: “anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back (making excuses) is of no use for the kingdom of God”,  was Jesus’ way of bluntly stating that no excuse is too cogent to be valid before God, why we can’t win friends for His kingdom.

To attest to this, in writing to Timothy, Paul said:  “I solemnly call upon you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge all men, living and dead because of his coming and of his kingdom, I command you to preach the message, to insist upon telling it, whether the time is right or not; to convince, reproach and encourage teaching with all patience…” [2Timothy 4:1-5]

In a nutshell, what Paul was telling Timothy here is: “No room for excuses”. As far as God is concerned there’s no vacancy for excuses in His kingdom. If there were anyone, He would have been the one to need it most. However, we’re told that as a way to set up the platform for winning our friends, He didn’t spare His own Son: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” [Romans 8:31-32].

This may probably be the reason why those who always give excuses why they can’t win a friend for Jesus are declared “useless by heaven”. Our excuses won’t change the fact that if we don’t do what we’re supposed to do by divine mandate, and these friends of ours die unsaved, their blood will be required upon our heads.

10 COMMON EXCUSES TO AVOID

  1. My friend is too bad to repent [Acts9:13-15].
  2. Since s/he goes to church, s/he is already a Christian [John 3:1-3].
  3. I’m not educated, so I can’t speak fluently [Psalm 119:99].
  4. I don’t have good clothes and shoes to put on.
  5. The fear of being mocked by your once sin partners.
  6. I will preach when I’m well prepared [The influence of the spirit of procrastination].
  7. The issue of familiarity with your friends and family members.
  8. I’m too small to win my friends [Jeremiah 1:6].
  9. I’m too busy because of the nature of my job [John 9:4-9].
  10. Oh! The weather is too cold/hot [Ecclesiastes 11:4].

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You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re God’s righteousness in Christ, and a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.

Jesus Is Lord!

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