Make No Excuse

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Make No Excuse
Jeremiah 1
We are skillful at the art of making excuses, aren’t we? “I don’t know how.” “I didn’t understand.” “I couldn’t find the right tools.” “I threw out my back bowling.” “I have a Doctor’s appointment.” “There’s been a death in the family.” “The hazmat crew is here and won’t let me out of the house.” “I have a relative coming in from Hawaii and I need to pick them up at the airport.” And, my all- time favorite:
In the Christian world, we can find all sorts of excuses not to obey God’s voice: “It’s the preacher’s job.” “It’s not my gift.” “I’ve already served, let someone else do it.” “I’m too busy or too tired or too old or too young.”
It has been said, “Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far.” Ben Franklin wrote, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Gabriel Meurier stated, “He who excuses himself, accuses himself.”
Jeremiah had every excuse ready when God called him to be a prophet. His excuses are often our excuses for not heeding God’s voice when he calls. Countering each excuse was a promise from God.
I. The excuse: The task is demanding
Jeremiah was called to be “a prophet unto the nations” (Jer. 1:5), not a priest like his father and his grandfather. A prophet was a chosen and authorized spokesman for God who declared God’s Word to the people. We often think of prophets as people who can tell the future. But a prophet spoke messages to the present that had future ramifications. They were forthtellers more than they were foretellers, exposing the people’s sins and calling them back to their covenant responsibilities before God.
Being a prophet was more demanding than serving as a priest. The priests’ duties were predictable. Everything was written down in the law. The prophet never knew from one day to the next what the Lord would call him…...

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