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The Purpose of Compel

Drew Bridges

Through scripture, Jesus’ heart is easy to see. He doesn’t care about fame and fortune, He cares about people. Plain and simple. Jesus’ heart is for the lost to be found. 

In Luke 14, Jesus tells this story about a master who was preparing a feast. He had invited all the upstanding citizens he knew, his friends and family. Everyone got their invitations. But, no one was coming. They gave all the excuses instead. One was busy with his new field, one had to tend to his new oxen, one had just gotten married.

Instead of panicking, the master tells his servant to go find people. “Go out quickly into the streets and the alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame” [vs. 21]. Even after all those people came, there was still room. “Go out to the roads and the country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full” [vs 23]. 

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Just like that master and his servant, Jesus is calling us to go get the people. It’s as easy as that. Jesus is telling us to go out of our way, to the outskirts, to the marginalized, to the ones who don’t know Him and bring them in so they can taste and see His goodness up close. 

We are not called to be Jesus. We are simply called to be the catalyst, the vessel. We don’t have to know all the answers or be able to communicate the saving grace of Jesus eloquently, we just need to be available. Our role is to be used by God to reach His people. 

Youth, you hold incredible value for the world around you. God is waiting to use you to reach the people in your path. Be available, be ready, be willing – and you’ll be amazed how God uses you to further His kingdom.