Articles by Stan Dean

A Little Busy Lately?

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Perhaps you heard the recent story that came out of Slidell, Louisiana. There was a car pulled over by a police officer for having an expired license sticker. In fact, it had expired a loooong time ago. How long? Well, how about September- - 1997!

When the policeman asked the driver why the tag had not been renewed the driver answered, “Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to renew my vehicle registration.Seriously? He was so busy that it slipped his mind for 23 years?

Maybe that was the best response this man could come up with on the spur of the moment, but I have to say it sounds pretty lame. But then again, aren’t all excuses pretty lame? And excuses about our spiritual shortcomings are the worst.

Jesus even addressed this subject. On one occasion He taught: “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servants at supper time to say to those invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused. And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’” When these excuses were reported to the master he became angry and declared, “None of those men who were invited shall taste my supper” (Luke 14:16-24).

So, let’s bring it home to you and me. Are we serving God faithfully? If not, why not? Someone might be tempted to say, “Not really, because I have been a little busy lately.”But how long is “lately”? Something we can learn from the driver in Louisiana is that our days turn into weeks and weeks to months and months to years.

Let us be reminded of the urgency of getting our lives right with God now. As Paul wrote, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)


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