21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and cripple and blind and lame.’
23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14: 21, 23
My noted thoughts:
Am I a full or filled Christian?
Am I comfortable or courageous?
Am I knowledgeable or noticeable?
We figuratively and literally sit at the banquet table, God’s overflowing, come as you are, dig in banquet table when we accept Jesus Christ as our portion.
But do we stuff ourselves silly to the point of relaxation or do we fill ourselves just enough to be energized, to be go-getters, invitation bearers to those who do not yet know about God’s ‘spread’?
I’ll admit my laziness (and fear). That I’ve ate and ate and ate and then asked, ‘Where’s life’s remote control?’ ‘I’m full, I know Jesus.’ And that’s a delusion if there ever was one.
But we should ask, ‘Where are my shoes?’ The filled servant wants their sneakers, dress shoes, high heels, boots, sandals, and flip flops to get to work, to compel others to come on in. Not life’s remote control.
It would appear in these verses that it isn’t enough to know where to get a great meal but to go out and give good directions, escort others personally, drive (walk) out of our way to get them to this table.
God’s banquet table isn’t a buffet, a place to peruse the fixings. It is a personal hand delivered, foot delivered invitation, to others. Who handed you yours?
Now when I read these verses it doesn’t tell us how to compel others, God just says go here and there. “Go out!” Go out by the means, and ways God has given and gifted you to do so. So that others may be filled.
We should, as Christians examine ourselves in the light of God’s goodness, His house, His Word, and His Son. That we ourselves and others may continue to be filled.
So let’s go Christians, let’s not just enjoy a plate of God’s goodness but the feast in sharing it with others!
Who will you give good direction and drive to today?