Today’s Verse

So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

Luke 14:21

Tuesday, October 18

Let’s understand that this message was for the Jews. The Father was the master and Jesus His servant. 

First, the Jews were invited to be part of His kingdom, but they were too busy with keeping their own religious traditions, so Jesus went to the beggars, the Gentiles, you and me with the gospel.

Second, this message is for the church. Far too many churches want everyone to be comfortably middle-class. 

Far too many do not want the downtrodden, the poor, the welfare mothers, the single moms, and the people living in poverty. The gospel is for everyone! Except for the grace of God, I might be on skid row myself! God will not bless a church that does not have the same concern for the poor as it does for the comfortable.

Third, this message is for the individual believer. We are not called to live our lives in a comfortable circle of Christian friends. We are called to take the light of the gospel to all people. When was the last time you took time to help someone different than you?

Someone has said that Jesus was a “pastor to the poor.” Even Paul said in Galatians 2:10 that he was “eager… to remember the poor.” Maybe today, you can single out a person that needs your help, your touch, your word of encouragement, your text or your phone call. Try it and be blessed!


Weekly Memory Verse

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27

"Can we be casual in the work of God - casual when the house is on fire, and people in danger of being burned?"
- Duncan Campbell

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