Is Your But Keeping You From God?

by Kevin on December 21, 2010

Isn’t it funny how often our buts get us into trouble? Some of our buts are big. Some of our buts are small. I have seen some buts that were kind of cute, but others were just ugly. Many buts are fishy while others seem to be the real deal. I have seen some people’s buts that were way out of control. Maybe today, you need to have a but check and see if you are in control of your but or your but is in control of you.

The good news is that everyone has a but. Nobody can say they don’t have one. Everyone has fallen back on their but at some time or another. Buts can be useful if used for the right things, however, most people use theirs way too often.

  • I would go to church, but Sunday is the only day that I have to sleep in.
  • I would love to mow the church lawn, but my dog ate my lawnmower.
  • I would read my Bible everyday, but I don’t like to read.
  • I wish I could tithe, but I had to buy a new truck to pull the new boat that I will be fishing in every single Sunday, but you can use my lawnmower!

I wonder what would happen if we had someone follow us all day long to write down every excuse we made. How many would that be? Making excuses is practically second nature to us. We use our buts so often that we don’t even realize we are doing it. God realizes it though. He hears every excuse we make about not telling someone about His Son when He makes that opportunity arise. He hears every excuse when He asks us to do something for Him. He knows your but before you even throw it out there. Two-thousand years ago, people had problems with their buts too.

Luke 14:15-24

15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” 16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’ 21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ 22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. 24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

Do not let fields or cows or spouses keep you from Jesus. There are no buts in heaven so I suggest you learn to separate yourself from yours. That will be easier for some. It will be very hard for others. Put your but in a headlock and don’t let go. Why don’t you send this to the person you just thought about when you read that last sentence. I leave you with one thing–GET YOUR BUTT TO GOD!!

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  • Hear that crunching sound? That’s the sound of conviction hitting my jaw like a sledgehammer. I think I might need a raw steak for the bruise that one will leave.

    • Kevin

      I’ll send you the steak as soon as I’m done with it.

  • Man the more I think about it the more I realize just how much i’ve set on the back burner or ignored because of “buts.”
    “But I don’t have any time.”
    “But whats-his-face will think I’m an idiot/weird.”
    “But Authority-Figure will disapprove.”
    “But what if God doesn’t like it?”
    and on and on and on….

    • Kevin

      Those four “buts” are probably the biggest there are. But don’t get too down about it. Even preachers have big buts sometimes.

  • I’m sorry but this cracks me up… (and is very true).

    • Kevin

      Thanks Lara. lol

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