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Servants in Outreach

Luke 14 in the parable of the feast is one that is used often to give the plea for reaching out to those around us.  We hear the master tell the servant in verse 23, "Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in..."  This is our call as followers of Christ to go and share the good news.  To bring in the lost to hear what God is doing and the feast of His never-ending grace and mercy that is available through the cross!

I love though a statement that was made before this verse that I believe we often miss.  Remember the master came to see how the feast was going and there was no one present that was initially invited and the master told the servant to go and get the poor, crippled, lame, and blind.

Listen then to how the servant replied, "what you ordered has been done..."

How would we like to be found in our outreach of Life Groups?  Would we like to be found having the attitude of its too late, we waited around for someone to tell us to reach others, that we couldn't be faithful servants, unless the master saw us?
Or would we like to have the attitude of this servant, that what God has commanded us to do, we have been found faithful in doing!

In our Life Groups, this is one of the best places for outreach to occur as it is organized but it also gives us the ability to invite new people to come to our church and connect into our fellowship.  The reality is that it is through our Life Groups that we should see servants of outreach.  Those simply inviting, not because they were told to, but because they wanted to be faithful, no matter what.

Let's be a church that makes disciples by fulfilling the Great Commission, that as we go, we make disciples.  Let's be faithful servants not just in outreach, but also in how we minister to one another, fellowship, and teach God's Word.

Then we will hear our master say one day, "Well done thy good and faithful servant..."

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