Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
The fall time is great. We seem to reach more people around here with the Gospel, and more people added to the church during this time than during any other time. I think the biggest reason is simple, and that reason is because we emphasize it more this time of the year. We think about bringing people in for our special days. We think about soul winning during our soul winning emphasises. And yet as I read this passage this morning, I am reminded that this is something the Lord wants us to be a part of all the time.
The Lord has a desire for His house to be full. And the “servants” who are to go look for people to fill up the house, are us. Yes, people will make excuses like they made in this passage. Yes, some will reject the invitation, like they did here. But there are people that will accept, and people who will come to His house when we go out and compel them to come in. If it means going to the highways and hedges, I should be willing to do it. If it means going to the poor, I should do that as well. Might we help to fulfill God’s desire not just during this season, but all year long – that His house might be filled. And might we pray, perspire, and persuade, and bring people in, that He might sup with them, and they with Him in His blessed house!