February 17 – Compel Them.
“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 context of this chapter gives light to what occurs more often today than perhaps ever before. There is a banquet being prepared, to which many of those who have been invited have made excuses of why they cannot or won’t attend. Yet, the One preparing the banquet still desires to have His House full, so He commands His servants to go out into the highways and the hedges and compel them to come in. He wants everyone to be invited. The servant in this story obeyed, yet there was still room for more… “for whosoever will”.
Jesus Christ came down to this earth and gave His life so that all would be able to attend this banquet in the sky. In the last few days He walked this earth, He commanded us to go and tell others the glorious Gospel. We are to invite others to accept Him regardless of how they respond. That is our responsibility and our greatest purpose.
How do we compel them? We are to persuade them.
How do we persuade them? We can’t persuade someone unless we first invite them. If they reject your invitation, don’t stop there. You can live your life as an example to them of God’s love and how God can change someone’s life. Let your testimony set you apart, so that people around you realize that there is something different about you. Then try again to invite them, and attempt to share the Gospel with them. Don’t badger, but instead show them the love of Christ by displaying genuine care for them and their eternity.
The best way to compel someone is to share your testimony. People are often willing to listen to a personal story or experience. Sharing what Jesus Christ did for you personally allows the person to relate and empathize with what you needed or were seeking. Don’t be afraid to share your personal experience. It might be just what someone needs to hear to ask more questions or see their need for Jesus.
Let’s compel people to come, so that the Lord’s house may be filled.
Leviticus 3-4 | Matthew 27 | Psalm 17
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