Both Good and Bad
Read Matthew 22:1–22
“Then [the king] said to his servants . . . ‘Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests (Matthew 22:8, 9, 10).
Inviting our friends and neighbors to church is a great idea. They might appreciate the Sunday sermon and enjoy the potluck after the service. Pastors welcome these efforts, but the command from Jesus goes deeper than just giving out invitations or persuading people to try our church. We need to invite them to eternal life.
We must reach out to nonbelievers, extending the invitation to nonfriends, even to the outcasts of this world. We should gather the unrighteous as well as the righteous. Both the good and the bad are invited to God’s kingdom. Both need His free gift of salvation.
It’s all too easy to let a busy schedule distract us from the all-inclusive call of the harvest. Don’t allow that to happen.
Thought for Today: God wants heaven filled, but He needs our help getting the invitations out.
Quicklook: Matthew 22:8–14
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2007 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.