February 18, 2018
Dear Grace Family and Friends,
Luke 14 tells of a man who planned a very large dinner party and invited all his friends. Yet on the day of the party, many of his guests made excuses for why they couldn’t come. Frustrated, the host gave his servants specific instructions. “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 think about that often. Our Lord is preparing a great dinner party as well. It’s called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It will take place once Jesus calls His people home. What a marvelous occasion that will be. All our struggles will be over. There will be no more sickness or sorrow; no more discouragement or death. All will be peace and joy and love. The sweet fellowship with God and His people will last forever. That’s possible now, even though this old world is a wicked place. There is heartache at every turn. That’s why I’m so appreciative of my Church family. To me, Grace Baptist Church of Evans is a place of peace and joy and love. I look forward to our times together. Yet how many more might be similarly blessed if we simply took the time to invite them? We don’t have to become street preachers. We need simply extend an invitation to those who aren’t part of a loving Church family. That may be all it takes to change their lives forever. Do we care that much about them? Are we willing to “go into the highways and hedges and urge them to come in so that God’s house may be filled?” God isn’t big on numbers. God cares about people most of all. Yet the number of people who don’t know the Lord is staggering. If we do know Him, we have an obligation to extend His invitation? Helping them find hope in Jesus is worth getting out of our comfort zone. I love you and am honored to be your Pastor. God bless you!