Misfits Welcome

Consider the Parable of the Great Supper. In Luke 14:15-24, a certain man gave a great dinner and invited many. When everything was prepared, he sent his servant out to inform the invited guests the meal was ready. One by one they gave him reasons as to why they should be excused. The servant returned to his master and reported their excuses, which made him very angry.

The Message Bible says the master then told the servant to go out into the city streets and alleys and collect all of the wretched, homeless, hungry, and misfits he could get his hands on. Once he had done so, there was still room, so the master commanded him to go to the country roads and drag in whomever he could find. One version says to go out and compel them to come in. The word compel in this form means to necessitate, drive to, or constrain by your example.

You and I are the servants being sent out by our Master. There should be such a sense of urgency in our hearts that we are driven to go to the rough parts of town and be an example of God’s love and power to those who have been disregarded. We need to act like the God we serve is more than enough to cleanse what is dirty and make whole what is broken. Because He is.

Believers should be the least-polarizing group of people on the planet. The love of God is not exclusive; it’s all-inclusive. I like how the servant did not question his master, nor did he make excuses. He simply went and compelled because he trusted his master and was confident in what he had to offer. Do not be afraid to go to the loners, oddballs, and cranks. The Lord is with you.

Isaiah 41:10“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (NKJV).

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3 thoughts on “Misfits Welcome

  1. Sort of makes me wonder why anyone would turn down the opportunity to go to a party. I’m never one to miss the chance at free food and drink. =)

    But maybe there’s a subtle lesson here on how easy it is for people to turn down gracious gifts: suspicion that there’s a catch, a hunch that it’s too good to be true, too much busyness, too comfortable with routine, or anxiety that I won’t be liked – these and other reasons often shield us from the many sacred gifts that present themselves.

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