There Is Still Room, So Fill The House (Luke 14:15-24)
Beginning in Luke 14:16, Jesus begins telling a story of how God wants His house to be filled.
Please know that when you, as the servant, are trying to fill God’s house, you will receive many types of excuses.
In verses 18-20 we see three different excuses:
- An investment excuse (v. 18)
- A work-related excuse (v. 19)
- A domestic excuse (v. 20)
“You and I are being invited or we are inviting. If you are inviting others, expect excuses.” – Apostle Bill
When filling the house we will have to:
1) Change the People (v. 21)
When filling the house, God does not cancel the banquet because of cancellations, he just changes audiences. God doesn’t throw people away as though they aren’t worthy. He came for those that have, and those that don’t have!
“God loves us, warts and all.” – Apostle Bill
2) Change the Process (v. 21, 23)
He started off in verse 16 inviting many. But by verse 21, He went from simply inviting to bringing. Then, in verse 23, He moves to compelling them, or strongly urging people to come.
Why is God so serious about reaching people? Why does He want His house filled?
Because God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…so that all people can enjoy the feast of the Lord.
“God loves people, and we must gain that kind of heart for people if we are to reach them.” – Apostle Bill
Because God wants to reach people, be willing to change your process. In other words, don’t be so rigid in your process that you can’t flow with God.
3) Change the Places (v. 21)
The “streets and the lanes” were where the outcasts of Israel’s society could be found. Meaning, you just can’t stay in your neighborhood. In verse 23, the “highways and hedges” represents the gentiles or non-Jews. In other words, God is asking us to not only reach the downtrodden in our own society but to reach people who are in a completely different society than us.
Why should we do all of this? Because the Father’s house must be filled.