The Invitation: For the Reluctant

In the previous posts, we talked about the people who God the Father invites into his kingdom. Some were too busy taking care of their possessions. Some to busy investing into their relationships.

After these types of people reject God, the Bible says he calls his servants, to bring (not invite) the broken, the poor, the disappointed. And finally, the Master sends out his servants for one other group.

Luke 14:23 "Then the master said to the servant, “Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled."

This group we could call the Highway group. The word hedges means a wall or high fence surrounding a property. Much like the houses of wealthy individuals whose home is surrounded by a tall wall. These are people "unchurched". Who may or may not know where they are going but are on their way there. They are upwardly mobile in their careers. They are not thinking about God at all.  Jesus said these people we must compel. These people you don't invite or bring in, you in a sense "get in their face".They will listen to the person who has the courage to confront them. Deep in their hearts they know they need God, but a confrontation is needed to get to them.  

Often times good Christians are intimidated by people like this.  And yet they too need the grace of God.  Let's be faithful to the Boss because he wants His house full.