Yesterday I wrote how we are no better off than the worst of our society. Then today I read this: “Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled (Luke 14:23). I was reminded, that not only am I to turn my back to my self-centered ways, but I’m also to help others find their way to God.
The one word that I don’t appreciate, but I cannot escape, is the word “compel.” That’s a strong word. My evangelistic methodology probably can be described better as “suggest” or “if you’re already interested.” The word compel gives us a picture of someone convincing someone else that there is another way and another place that they can find hope.
For many Christians the first step is to simply get out to where the people are, the highways and the hedges. But for me, in this season, I have so many friends that do not go to church. I’m already on the highway. I just need to be more intentional and bold.
What helps me in this is to understand what it is I’m compelling people towards. It’s not to come to my church, though that’s not a bad thing. It’s not to even believe what I believe. It’s to compel people to take a step towards God. Maybe it’s asking people good questions that get them thinking about their spirituality. Maybe it’s quoting something you recently read that was challenging or inspiring. It doesn’t have to be the gospel story every time. Just answer the question out loud, “what has God been showing me lately?”