My gymnasts can give me several reasons each day for why they cannot complete an assignment I have given them. These gymnasts use excuses as a tool to keep from doing things in the workout they do not wish to do.
I give God an earful of excuses to try to justify my sin. My sinful nature does not want to obey the commands of God, so I use excuses to exonerate myself before Him. I use my list of excuses to try to hold God at a distance so I do not have to do what He is asking me to do: repent of my sin, leave it behind and live an obedient life through the Holy Spirit. I have a stockpile of excuses I use to try to explain away my sin to God.
However, Jesus said, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin” (John 15:22). I have no excuse for my sin. In Jesus Christ I have a solution for my sin problem. Yet, I would rather use an excuse than go to Christ’s cross, where I have to see what my sin has really done. I see Christ hanging on a tree being punished for my sin. I realize my excuses will never exonerate me, only the righteous work of Christ and His blood can exonerate me before God.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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