THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Bro. Shane Duke shared an example once.
It was about a shepherd he had seen trying to get his sheep into the fold for the evening.
It was not quite dark, and the sheep were still thinking about the green grass as the shepherd called them toward the fold.
They would look back at the field, then look at the gate behind the shepherd. Finally 4 or 5 of the sheep came in to the fold.
The difficulty began for the shepherd when the few that did come in to the fold just stood there in the entrance, effectively blocking it.
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 "servant" to go "into the highways and hedges, and compel" others to come in.
We Christians are God's "servants."
Let us not block the doorway!
Let us not use our liberty as a "cloak of maliciousness" (1Peter 2:16), wrapping ourselves in righteousness and being aloof from the world.
Let us not block the doorway with a lackadaisical attitude, being content in His great salvation and uncaring about others.
But let us keep the doorway OPEN, and COMPEL others to come in and fully enjoy the wonderful grace and kindness of our Lord.