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Heed The Call
By Brian Price 12/5/2013

"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. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room." - Luke 14:21-22

Here we read in Luke chapter 14 about the lord who made a great supper and invited many people to attend. Unfortunately, everyone made an excuse as to why they could not come. This is a picture that Jesus painted of the gospel call. The call has gone out to the whole world, and yet no one seems to regard it. "Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I CALL; and my voice is to the sons of man." - Proverbs 8:1-4. The gospel call is a very important one, and yet it is all too often ignored. "Because I have CALLED, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh." - Proverbs 1:24=26. People need to be wise to HEED THE CALL. It is a call that goes forth to all men, young, old, rich, and poor. Jesus said that many are CALLED, but few are chosen. This is the gospel call. Finally, notice in our text that Jesus 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.' The Bible says that the POOR are rich in faith and are heirs of the kingdom of God. "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor," (James 2:5-6). Since people who are comfortable with their lives think they have need of nothing, it is easier for them to ignore this gospel call for salvation. That is why Jesus plainly tells us to focus on the POOR. It is because they are receptive to this message of salvation.

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