Have you ever noticed the only time a person makes excuses when their behavior hasn’t measured up to their own expectations or even the expectations of those they respect. Otherwise, we don’t have to make any excuses when we are operating at our peak and everyone around appears satisfied with us. Excuses are made when there’s the need to try and remove blame from yourself. To seek an excuse is to admit, as humans, we are not perfect, and we will not always do as needed or expected.
It’s easier to make an excuse than to come to resolution. Sometimes people would rather have their behavior excused and overlooked by others rather than resolve what is causing the issue. Resolve the issue, change behavior, and there is no longer a need to make excuses.
I’ll assume most who are reading this blog are Believers, Christians….Children of God. So, are you living as His Word directs you to, and if not, why not? What’s your excuse?
No, I’m not trying to be condemning or sarcastic but realistic….if you’re not being what He’s called you to be then what do you claim is the reason to excuse yourself from living as you should? I doubt I’m alone on this, but I’d rather heal what’s broken, so I don’t have to be confined a crutch the rest of my life.
Let’s consider that Jesus came to release us from the excuses which keep us from living optimally for Him. When the woman with adultery was brought before Jesus (John 8), it would be easy for her to justify her life. There was nothing else she could do as she became a product of what others thought she was. Maybe she could have excused her behavior saying everyone had faults and this just happened to be hers. She could have even excused herself saying she didn’t have the opportunities others had, and she was doing the best she could with what was dealt to her.
Let’s not be so easily diluted because Jesus died and rose again, so we would no longer need to make excuses because He was all-sufficient to change us. Jesus said He came so that ‘they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10b) So much for our excuses. When I focus on Him, I become a product of His redemptive work in my life and not what others think. When He is my goal, it matters little what others do because I desire to be like Him. When I understand He is in control of my life, I praise Him for the opportunities He brings, and I won’t desire what He doesn’t present to me. There is nothing lost if He has chosen to withhold it from me.
Be encouraged today how you, as a Child of God, don’t need to be stuck in the rut of making excuses. Jesus has made a way for us to live for Him and because of Him, each of us is overcomers (Romans 8:28). I may not be perfect, but He is perfecting me. I may still fail, but I don’t have to be a failure. I may sin, but I no longer have to be bound to it and can find freedom from it in Jesus. Part of Jesus’ victory on the cross reminds me I can accept who I am, without excuses, as He is making me into who I am. That’s good news!