COMPEL THEM TO COME IN
We are continuing our sermon series, Hearing God through the Parables, with the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. In Luke 14 we looked into the parable of the Wedding Banquet. In it the host of the banquet sends his servant into the streets and alleys and into the roads and country lanes to bring and compel people to come. Does God compel people to enter the Kingdom? Doesn’t God call us but not force us to follow Him? How does this compelling happen? What does it look like for the servant to bring or compel persons to come to the banquet? This question that Luke 14 can raise is answered by these parables of Luke 15. Compelling persons into the Kingdom means we never give up seeking, praying and hoping for the lost and the least. No matter how far “gone” one may be we must compel and convince him or her that no one is ever beyond the love of God and His seeking grace.