Luke 14:23, “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled”
Lyman Beecher was a man of powerful intellect; a brilliant scholar and preacher of his day. So great a preacher was he that his sermons were read in newspapers throughout the country. When he was on his deathbed someone said to him, “Dr. Beecher, you are a great intellect, a brilliant scholar. Tell us, what do you believe is the greatest thing that a human being can be or do in this life?” Lying there on his deathbed he said, “The greatest thing is not that a man should be a scientist, important as that is; not that a man should be a statesman, as important as that is; not even that one should be a great theologian, immeasurably important as that is. But the greatest thing of all things is for one human being to bring another human being to the Lord Jesus Christ.” My friend many believers in Christ have gotten the idea that if they erect a beautiful building, put up a sign, and place an ad in the newspaper, the unsaved will flock to church.
However, it doesn’t work that way. There’s an impelling “go” in the gospel that makes us responsible for our friends and neighbors. We must reach out to lost sinners and bring them in so that they can hear the message of salvation. In D. L. Moody’s day, it was a common practice for people to rent a church pew. One Sunday morning, 19-year old Moody marched down the aisle with a motley crew of society’s outcasts trailing behind him. He had rented four pews and was determined to fill them with those who were spiritually needy. Having taken the Savior’s “Go” personally (Matthew 28:19), he literally “went out into the highways and gathered together … both bad and good” (22:10).
My brethren, don’t make the mistake of believing that Jesus’ command to go applies only to missionaries in faraway places. If you have been saved by blood of the Lamb, you are God’s child and as such you are to share the good news of salvation to those who have never heard. What a tragedy it would be if our own neighbors never heard the gospel because we never told them! Ask the Lord to place a burden on your heart for a friend or loved one who is lost and in need of the Savior’s love and go and bring them in!
When we witness to unbelievers we must speak well of God’s Son. Our prayer should be like that of Ephesians 6:19, “[Pray] that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel”. Scottish missionary Frederick Arnot spoke well of God’s Son in central Africa. Indeed, he spoke so well of Him that thousands of people in that area became born-again believers in Jesus Christ. Moreover, Arnot had made it his practice to speak well of God’s Son long before leaving to serve his Lord in that un-evangelized field. When he was still young, Arnot and a friend tried to hold a street meeting in Glasgow’s tavern district. As long as they sang hymns, the rough crowd tolerated them, but when they began to preach, their drunken audience drowned out their voices with hoots and profane howling.
Moved to tears, Arnot and his companion prepared to leave. But a tall, elderly Christian who had been listening urge, “Keep at it, laddie. God loves to hear men speak well of His Son.” Encouraged by that admonition, Arnot and his friend doggedly continued their witness and gained a more attentive audience. All through his years of ministry, Arnot’s highest goal was to speak well of God’ Son. We must ask is that our motive too? When opportunity presents itself, do we speak out boldly, telling who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us? So, my brethren how about speaking well of God’s Son today? Will you apply Jesus’ words to your life and tell someone of His grace and salvation, beginning at home and then elsewhere? Don’t put it off. Tell someone now about Jesus today!
Take control of my words today,
May they tell of Your great love;
And may the story of Your grace
Turn some heart to You above – Sees
We must go to sinners if we expect sinners to come to the Savior.