THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The other day, my friend Pat Lofton, said he joked with his daughter that he and she were in the same profession - putting people to sleep.
She's a nurse anesthetist.
He's a preacher.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
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.
Our Lord has prepared a great "supper" for all those who will come (Revelation 19:9).
The invitation includes "anyone" who will come (Revelation 3:20).
The "supper" is intended to last "for ever" (Revelation 22:5).
With this in mind, our Lord tells his "servants" to go "into the highways and hedges, and compel" others to come in.
We Christians are God's "servants."
It is our duty as God's "servants" to go and "compel" others to come into Christ.
I'm afraid too many Christians fall asleep in church.
And, I'm afraid too many Christians with their lacadaisical lifestyle, lul others to sleep rather than "compelling" them to come in to Christ.
Don't make the gospel an anesthetic.
Make it a "compelling story!"