Go Out and Bring In

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Luke 14:21 “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.”

The desire of our Saviour is that His house may be filled. However, filling the house of God is not going to be done without work. Jesus tells a parable of the great supper, and in this parable there are some very critical mindsets that God gives to the believer.

The first mindset is that God has made all things ready. To make all things ready to come to this supper means that preparation was made. You will never fill God’s house without preparation. There is no reason for God to fill your church if you are not prepared to handle it. If you want God to fill your church every week, it is going to take the church to be organized to the degree that it can handle being filled.

The second mindset is that it takes work. For God to say that we are to go out and bring in means that work must be done to make this happen. You cannot fill the house of God when you are not working to fill it. Too many churches are playing when they should be working.

The third mindset is that if the house is not filled, there is still room to bring people into the house. The word “filled” means full to the brim. My friend, your church is not filled until every square inch of your building is being used and filled so that nobody else can get in. Every pastor and church member needs to have the mindset not to be satisfied until the church is filled with people. Jesus wasn’t satisfied that there was still room, and you should never be satisfied that there is still room.

The fourth mindset is to compel people to come in. You will never fill the church when you are passive about people coming to church. Of course, if you are not faithful to church, you will find it difficult to compel anyone to come because of your apparent attitude that church is not important. A compelling mindset towards getting people to church will only happen when you are faithful to church all the time. Likewise, a compelling mindset will only happen when your heart is invested in filling the LORD’s church.

Now, who are we to go out and bring in? This is the key to filling the house. We must understand that God is not picky about who you bring into the house to fill it. You will notice that Jesus said to “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.” The problem with most churches is that they don't want “this type” of people in their church because these types of people don't build a museum church. Let me make this clear; you could fill your church if you were willing to bring these people to church.

Moreover, these people need transportation to get to the church. When Jesus said to bring in the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind, he was saying there needs to be a form of transportation to get them to the church. The bus ministry is the best way to obey the command to bring in the poor, maimed, halt, and blind.

My question for you is, what are you doing to fill the church house? You are not right with God if you are not obeying His command to go and bring in.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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