I can’t take credit for this message, I’d heard it many years ago, but it still means a lot today, probably more. Something really obvious and inherently wrong, today, is that we are living in an era of excuses. It’s so rare to find men and women of character anymore. That’s why the flap over Dan Cathy and Chick Fil A concerning Dan’s unapologetic position on homosexual marriage is so important. He believes the word of God, and says so, no apologies, no excuses and he’s ready to put his business on God’s altar. How many more people of integrity can we find? Rare.
It’s nothing new, goat religion. In Jesus’ day, He crossed those people regularly. In Matt 19:16-22 He had the rich young man, self-righteous in his way so Jesus told him to dump his riches and follow Him. BUT. Or Matt 8:19-20 Jesus said in order to follow Him they’d lose their homes and be sleeping on the ground. BUT. Or Matt 8:21-22 “I’ll follow you, but let me bury my father” Jesus said, and implied, let the dead bury the dead and get the inheritance. BUT. Even in Matt 26:31-35 Peter swore he would follow Jesus even if everyone else fell away. Yet Jesus tells him, in less than 24 hours you’ll deny me three times. BUT, BUT, BUT.
In the present day the Word of God is true and timeless. Powerful. Yet it’s one of the most twisted works in all time. Twisted by many for their OWN purpose. On adultery it’s very clear, BUT, God knows my heart. The Bible says homosexuality is sin, BUT, Jesus doesn’t say so. The Bible says no liar or cheater will enter Heaven, BUT. Goat religion, butting around.
No wonder the Christ, at the end, will separate the sheep from the goats. The call of Christ is severe and demanding. The pull of the world is strong. Do you practice goat religion? When Christ calls you to do something do you balk, do it slowly or find an excuse altogether? We are in the end times of history, prophecy fulfillment is ramping up. The twigs are tender. Jesus is close. Are you ready? Take this time and check your heart. Are you repeatedly making excuses or not quite doing what you’re called to do? Have you actually received Christ into your heart? Take this time, now. God has brought you here, to this place, at this time, for this message. Give your self to Him don’t delay. He calls you now. No ifs, ands, or BUTS!