Luke 14:21… “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” (KJV).
Will God shut out people from one of His last great movements of His Spirit because of disobedience to His call? He sends his servants to go to the ones outside of the church, to the people of the cities and of the streets. The Lord is sending His people out to move into the enemy’s strongholds. The churches that are growing are the churches that are reaching out to the hurting.
This is the end-times evangelistic thrust. When the Lord judges the doings of mankind, He first looks to see what His people are doing. Before the angels came to Sodom, they came first to the man of God, Abraham, then to Lot, whom the Bible calls a righteous man. When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed it was not so much for the sin that was there (and there was lots of sin there), but rather because of what was not there. There were hardly any righteous people there. The fate of the cities rested in the righteous (Genesis 18:23-33). Abraham prayed for the salvation of the city. God has great concern for these cities and He has given a call for the church to reach the inner cities. In Revelation 1:20, Jesus tells John that the churches are God’s lampstands in the community. In Revelation 2:5, the Lord told the church in Ephesus to repent and return to their first love or else He would come and remove their candlestick. In 1981, the Lord said to me, “Any church that does not do the will of God has no reason to stay alive. It does not embarrass the Lord to shut down a ministry or a church if they are not doing His will.” And what about Ephesus today? It is nothing but ruins, and a testimony of the failure to repent and to rebuild the foundation that Paul laid down. Jesus told the church at Ephesus to return to its first love, Christ. God has never planned for believers to live in anything else than the calling He has established for them.
The words “bring hither” in Luke 14:21 mean “to lead or bring them in to what’s going on.” When churches abandon the inner cities, they take their skills and their anointing with them and the city falls into disarray. God is saying, “It’s time to get back in.” The invitation is going out to the people of the streets, to the “poor”; i.e., people who have been reduced to beggary, people who can’t make it economically. The call goes out to the “maimed”; i.e., to the ones who are deprived of some member of the body, and those who are handicapped and who depend on the help of others. These are the ones who have lost their hope of ever making it in life. Society has cut them off; they are considered as outcasts. The call goes out to the “halt,” i.e., someone crippled in their feet. Their physical movement is hindered. The word “blind” used as someone who has no sight (physical and especially spiritual sight), or one who is crippled spiritually and unable to function in things spiritual. They live in darkness and are unable to perceive truth. God is calling His people to go out on to the streets of the cities and compel them to come in. God is targeting these kinds of people in the end times and he is pouring out His grace upon them.
Luke 14:23… “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (KJV).
The word “compel” is a powerful word. It’s the word for the last hour. The word means to “convince” the lost to come in. The refreshing of the Spirit on the church in the end times is for “the compelling” of the people of the streets to fill up God’s house. God has a last-hour thrust for the church to sweep in the suffering mass of lost humanity. The anointing in you will help to “convince” them to come to Christ.
Isaiah 61:1-3 talks about our day and the anointing to preach good tidings to the meek (those bowed down in affliction), to those that are broken-hearted (mentally defeated and are unable to govern their own lives), to the captives (those who are prisoners to habits such as drugs and immoral things), to those who are bound (no liberty because the flesh is too strong), to those who mourn (laden with grief that drains their peace and joy). All of these sit in great darkness and in the shadow of death.
The call to the church is to bring them to the Light, to the Great Supper. Instead of seeing drug addicts and pushers on the streets, we need to start seeing future deacons, future leaders, future preachers, and future evangelists. We need to see Jesus Christ transforming their lives as only He can do it. Ironically, God said to the rich Laodicean church that they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17, KJV). Why? Because they wouldn’t go out to save the poor. They became spiritually what the poor were physically.
Luke 4:18-19… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (KJV). That’s where the power goes. The anointing is the greatest when you are ministering to the hurting. Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14 that when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind.
Pastor George Belobaba
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