How many times in our life have we declined to do something because we did not think we could do it? I have heard this saying since I was a kid, “can’t never could do anything.” A popular southern saying I guess. I have to say, it does ring true. I often wonder why people hesitate becoming a Christian. What are the misconceptions that cause people to not obey? Is it because you think you cannot “do it”? I have heard many excuses in my life and I want to talk about certain misconceptions and how you can do it, how you can obey.
First thing I have heard is that, “I have lived an awful life and have done some terrible things and God cannot possibly forgive me.” Well I am here to tell you, yes He can and will. In
1 Corinthians 6:11, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” How wonderful to know that God’s grace covers even the worst of sinners. He is just waiting for you to come to him.
Secondly I have heard, “I cannot live a perfect life.” My answer to that is, no one can. If we could be perfect, we could save ourselves and therefore Jesus would not have needed to leave heaven to come to this earth to die on Calvary’s cross for humankind. Christians are imperfect people with all sorts of flaws and shortcomings. We are sinful human beings even though the world thinks we are perfect.
This is where being called a hypocrite comes in. Someone once said the reason they stopped going to church was because of all the hypocrites who went there. Granted, no one is perfect; so, this is an invalid excuse. When you go to church looking for perfection in others, you’re not seeing the perfection of the only one who matters. And if you’re not there for Him, you’re not there for the right reason anyway. We are there to worship God, not ourselves and not anyone else.
Thirdly, people have said “Christians are boring”. They say, “Ya’ll don’t do anything fun.” Some believe that Christianity is about a book of rules that outline what you can and cannot do. If you think Christianity is boring, then you are missing a whole lot of benefits and blessings of being a Christian. Most often, Christians who are bored are not fully grasping what it is to be Christian. We are living in a world of people who cannot see, and who even hate, a God who is magnificent and exciting and wonderful. Unfortunately, for some forsaking worldliness is too great of a demand, so they trade the few moments of time on this earth for eternity. Sad indeed.
Some of you might remember the song “Excuses.” It’s an old comical song, yet with a truthful message. The lyrics of the chorus are:
Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them everyday,
Now the devil he’ll supply them, if from church you stay away,
When people come to know The Lord, the devil always loses,
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.
Nothing is more thrilling than living for the Lord Christ. There is no joy or happiness greater than the happiness, peace, and contentment found in living for Christ. Don’t be like King Agrippa in Acts 26:28, when he said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” Almost is not a safe condition, almost is not a promise of heaven, almost…but lost.