Luke 14:15-24; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Exodus 4:10-12; Jeremiah 1:4-10
1. Read Luke 14:15-24. What do you think of the excuses given in this parable? Thematically, are they similar to any of your excuses? What are some of the most common excuses you make in life (for whatever reason)? Why do you use these excuses?
2. What do you think are the differences between excuses and what Pastor Lonnie called “legitimate reasons”? Why is this distinction important?
3. How can making excuses become a habit? What positive habits can you try to implement in your life to eliminate excuses?
4. What aspects of your life do you think God would like to change? How would these changes bring you closer to God? What excuses do you see getting in the way of these changes?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 12:9, Exodus 4:10-12, and Jeremiah 1:4-10. How can God take our self-perceived weaknesses and insecurities (what we often use as excuses) and use them for the sake of God’s will and the improvement of our lives? What do we see through the examples of Paul, Moses and Jeremiah in regards to the previous question? How can what we see as our “obstacles” actually be the way to our best future though God?
Make a list of the legitimate reasons and the excuses you often use. Examine this list and then pray about it. Are all the “legitimate reasons” actually legitimate? Why or why not? If they are legitimate, what can you do beyond them to follow God’s will for your life? If they are excuses, how can you eliminate them? What action steps can you take?