Real reasons or empty excuses? One of the oldest habits of mankind is to justify decisions and actions that would otherwise meet with disapproval. Jesus knew that His kingdom offer would be met with rejection and illustrated the fact with a story about people who were invited to a great supper. Their cold rejection of the gracious invitation was softened by the excuses they all began to make. The master’s response was a warning to all who make excuses for not doing the will of God even today.