“But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:”
Every week there is a feast that should happen, and that feast should be church. When a church is aggressively reaching the lost for Christ, that church will find its services to be a great feast of heavenly blessings. Yes, it takes work to make the feast happen, but it is worth the effort to be a part of the weekly feast. In Luke 14, God shows what it takes to make your church a weekly feast.
First, you must call people to the feast. You will never find your church to have a weekly feast without soul winning. You will never find your church to have a feast when it only goes soul winning for a little over an hour a week. There must be hours put into reaching the lost every week through soul winning if you want God to make your services a feast.
Second, don’t be discouraged by the excuses. The excuses given as to why people can’t come to church will always sound like good reasons to the individual, but to those of us who have experienced the feast on Sundays, we know that those excuses are shallow; however, you must not allow the excuses given cause you to become negative or discouraged about the harvest. Realize that the Saviour warned us of these excuses.
Third, call the downcast to the feast. There are many people who want to be a part of the feast. God tells us to go to the streets and lanes of the city to reach the poor and rejected of society. You will always find that these people are more than willing to come to the feast on Sunday.
With these thoughts in mind, let me give you four pieces of advice to help you when it comes to the feast. First, God always blesses those who go after the downcast. In verse 14, God promises to bless those who go after the poor, maimed, lame and blind of the city. God is very capable of providing for the church that is interested in getting people to the feast of the Word of God so they can get saved. You may not know how God will provide, but He promises to do so if you will go after the lost.
Second, there is always room at the feast. Never fear about having too many people because God says there is still room. You may fill up what you are doing, but God can provide room for His feast. Always remember that you can never run out of people and space when it comes to reaching the harvest. There are always people who can and will come to the feast, and there will always be space to fill. Never let a faithless vision keep you from reaching the harvest.
Third, keep in mind the greatness of the feast. Jesus that the feast was a “great supper.” Never lose sight of how great the supper is that the LORD allows us to be a part of. The greater the feast is in your mind, the easier it will be to get people to come with you to it. If you believe it is a great supper, you will invite people with a great passion.
Fourth, compel people to come to the feast. The word “compel” means to urge or put pressure on. Jesus commanded us to “compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Don’t cower to Satan’s whisper that says you shouldn’t put pressure on people to come. If church is a great feast, why would you not put pressure on people to come knowing their life will be changed? The more you compel people to come, the more you will find people coming.