"…Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” (Luke 14:23 NIV)
As Christians we have an active responsibility. Evangelism is not just about offering people a belief in God, but Jesus wants us to ensure that people come and fill His house. In an old translation of the Bible it even says to us to compel people, i.e. beg for them to come to Jesus. William Booth once said "The church’s bell says welcome here, but the Salvation Army drum says, ‘go out and capture them’."
The Bible talks about Christians as fishers of men, and - as someone put it: "Our mission is not to make an impression on the fish. Our mission is to catch them." If we truly believe that Jesus Christ died for all people in order to receive eternal life in Him, we should perhaps be a little more daring in our evangelism and not hesitate when God leads us to people who yearn for a goal and meaning in their lives.
Lord, make me willing today to follow you as you lead me to people who need you in their lives. Fill me with love and respect for them and make me sensitive, in order that I can convey a divine message from Yourself.
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