Saturday, July 4, 2020
Why No Man has an Excuse
What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes? Isaiah 5:4
The prophet Isaiah told the story of a man with a vineyard on a fertile hill. The man cultivated the ground and removed the stones so that nothing would hinder the vines’ growth. He planted only the best quality vines. He built a tower in the middle of the vineyard so he could watch for wild animals and intruders. He constructed a wine vat so that he would be ready for the ripe grapes. Then he waited. Rather than producing good grapes, however, the vineyard produced worthless ones.
- Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Blackaby goes on to write about how many almost countless ways God has provided mankind to find and be in a right relationship with Jesus.
When Scripture says that man will be without excuse God really means that he will be without excuse.
There will be nobody to say that they couldn't understand. Nobody to say it was too complicated. Nobody will say it was too demanding. No...excuse.
Satan is trying in ever more industrious ways to shut down the work of the Spirit in this world. The truth is he isn't creative, he only tries what has been tried before. He doesn't have to really work hard at it because, face it, mankind is predictable.
Adam and Eve had a perfect intellect. 100 percent use of their brains. Nothing in the way to hinder right thinking. Yet in a moment they blew it for mankind.
I firmly believe that when it says in Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun, it means that we aren't traveling some new pioneering level of culture and technology. Satan only does what he has done before. We have, since the Genesis Flood, been recreating, not necessarily inventing life as we live it.
The fossilized evidence supports this.
In your world, wherever it may be, God has prepared and provided for you to be able to understand and know that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, who is Jesus Christ.
I have struggled all my life to memorize Scripture. At some poignant moments I know it's the Spirit who brings Scripture to mind that I have read. I Google what He's brought me to find the rest. Many years ago it was a rather ludicrous response to my complaining to God about not being able to memorize Scripture. His response was I gave you Google didn't I?
God promised never to leave us nor forsake us. In all ways big and small, He has prepared for every single excuse any man, woman or child could bring about why they said no to His free gift of Salvation. Every single thought.
Why are you resisting His call to you? What's keeping you back? Your erroneous understanding of what you have seen in this world by purported believers? You see fanatics and use that as a reason? You see isolated people groups and use that as an excuse? You see protesters claiming to speak for Jesus and use that as an excuse?
Under no circumstances use what you see in the visual, physical, Christian world as a reason to not come to Christ.
Go to the author of the Bible yourself. It's on you and only you to decide to accept or reject Christ. It's not going to wash when you face Him to explain your decision to say it's because of this person or that person you said no. He gave you a mind to understand and plenty of evidence to know the truth.
It will have nothing to do with what your ancestors have done, nothing to do with how your life has gone up til now. Nothing. Jesus will look you in the eye and will already know the truth you will speak for yourself before Him.
So while it is yet daylight and while you still have a breath to breathe, now is the moment you need to get right before Christ. Not 1 second after He returns and you find yourself screaming at the sky for Him to come back and get you.
You will have had your chance.
With all that He has put before you...every reason that you can think of for rejecting Jesus is worthless.
He isn't going to call every single person to be missionaries or preachers or public speakers. He plainly says in Corinthians that we who are believers are part of the body of Christ. Each part has its own function. A ear is not an eye. An arm is not a foot. Your part in the body is what you are needed to be. Don't allow fear of what He might ask you to do cause you to stay away from Salvation and spend eternity in Hell. It would be the same ad rejecting a lifeboat because your not particularly fond of the color of it. So you don't get in.
Consider your excuses. God's showing you that He had already understood them and prepared for them.
Quit putting it off until some other time.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, it will happen and those who have believed will be taken and all you will be left with is hearing yourself screaming at the sky for Jesus to come back.