Luke 14, Deuteronomy 1

Luke 14:23 – And the master said to the servant, “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be full.”

Lord Jesus, you give us a glimpse of your pursuing heart.  Like a suiter chasing his future bride, like a husband pursuing his wife, like a father pursuing his child, you pursue all people in a desperate attempt to make us yours and bring us in to the eternal wedding banquet.  Forgive me for so foolishly clinging to life on this earth when you have invited me to an eternity in heaven.  Forgive me for clinging to my work, my possessions, my family.  Forgive me for all the excuses I make to stay busy at my things instead of coming after you and your things.  Forgive me Lord Jesus.  I see your heart!  You sent servants that all might come in. Then you sent servants out again that those who are broken by life, who are broken in their bodies might come in.  Then you sent out servants still again into the hidden places of the earth that more might come in. You want heaven full!  Oh, how you love me and pursue me as a husband pursues his wife!  You want me to come in and stay with you. How your heart beats for me!  Now, I pray, use me as your servant to chase and pursue more people for you.  Your heart beats for them. Keep pursuing me until eternity.  Keep using me to gather more into eternity.  Amen.