Daily Service: COMPEL THEM TO COME IN Part 8

C.H. Spurgeon

Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Lk 14:23.

Daily Service: COMPEL THEM TO COME IN Part 8

Remember, I have no authority to ask you to come to Christ tomorrow. The Master has given you no invitation to come to him next Tuesday. The invitation is, “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation,” for the Spirit saith “today.” “Come now and let us reason together;” why should you put it off? It may be the last warning you shall ever have. Put it off, and you may never weep again in chapel. You may never have so earnest a discourse addressed to you. You may not be pleaded with as I would plead with you now. You may go away, and God may say, “He is given unto idols, let him alone.” He shall throw the reins upon your neck; and then, mark—your course is sure, but it is sure damnation and swift destruction.

And now again, is it all in vain? Will you not now come to Christ? Then what more can I do? I have but one more resort, and that shall be tried. I can be permitted to weep for you; I can be allowed to pray for you. You shall scorn the address if you like; you shall laugh at the preacher; you shall call him fanatic if you will; he will not chide you, he will

bring no accusation against you to the great Judge. Your offense, so far as he is concerned, is forgiven before it is committed; but you will remember that the message that you are rejecting this morning is a message from one who loves you, and it is given to you also by the lips of one who loves you. You will recollect that you may play your soul away with the devil, that you may listlessly think it a matter of no importance; but their lives at least one who is in earnest about your soul, and one who before he came here wrestled with his God for strength to preach to you, and who when he has gone from this place will not forget his hearers of this morning.

I say again, when words fail us, we can give tears—for words and tears are the arms with which gospel ministers compel men to come in. You do not know, and I suppose could not believe, how anxious a man whom God has called to the ministry feels about his congregation, and especially about some of them. I heard but the other day of a young man who attended here a long time, and his father’s hope was that he would be brought to Christ. He became acquainted, however,

with an infidel, and now he neglects his business and lives in a daily course of sin. I saw his father’s poor wan face; I did not ask him to tell me the story himself, for I felt it was raking up trouble and opening a sore; I fear, sometimes, that good man’s grey hairs may be brought with sorrow to the grave. Young men, you do not pray for yourselves, but your mothers wrestle for you. You will not think of your own souls, but your father’s anxiety is exercised for you. I have been at prayer meetings when I have heard children of God pray there, and they could not have prayed with more earnestness and more intensity of anguish if they had been each of them seeking their own soul’s salvation. And is it not strange that we should be ready to move heaven and earth for your salvation, and that still you should have no thought for yourselves, no regard to eternal things?

Now I turn for one moment to come here. There are some of you here members of Christian churches, who make a profession of religion, but unless I am mistaken in you—and I shall be happy if I am—your profession is a lie. You do not live up to it, you dishonor it; you can live in the perpetual practice of absenting yourselves from God’s house, if not in sins worse than that. Now I ask such of you who do not adorn the doctrine of God your Savior, do you imagine that you can call me your pastor, and yet that my soul cannot tremble over you and in secret weep for you? Again, I say it may be but little concern to you how you defile the garments of your Christianity, but it is a great concern to God’s hidden ones, who sigh and cry, and groan for the iniquities of the professors of Zion.

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