|All of Grace Ministries|
following article comes from Fellowship Magazine, Winter 1996, a
of the Assemblies of God International Fellowship (not
with the Assemblies of God).
OUT INTO THE HIGHWAYS & HEDGES
years church tradition has taught us to organize our services and
programs and then invite the people to come in. But in Luke 14:23
are instructed to go out and compel them to come in.
in many churches, so called revivals are merely platforms for
to get together and enjoy themselves, and for the Pastors to
money. As Christians we need enjoyment and obviously it takes
to operate. However, the scriptures are emphatically clear about
we are to enjoy ourselves. Neh. 8:10 we often quote the latter part
Joy of the Lord is my strength." But the former where
said "Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send
unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy
the Lord; neither be ye sorry; for the Lord is Your strength."
we eat the fat (The Word) and drink the sweet (The Holy Spirit)
we are to share what we have digested with those for whom nothing
prepared. This refers to those on the highways and those behind the
The word highways is a Greek word (Hodos) which means journey,
or transient, those travelling the streets. The word hedges means a
wall or fence, those behind prison walls, in institutions or
from the public such as crack houses, after hour joints or
gambling dens. These areas of evangelism have been too long neglected by
the church. It
time to reach the unreachable and touch the untouchable.
years ago there was a survey conducted in a large correctional
It was discovered that 80% of the inmates in that institution
never been to church, nor had any Christian orientation as a child.
is no wonder that the streets are dominated by thieves, murderers and
heads, who have no moral standards and no regard for human life.
Prophet Jeremiah said in Lamentation 2: 19,
cry out in the
in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water
the face of the Lord: Lift up thy hands toward him for the life
thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
this is the scene today, and it's not a good picture. Young
hanging on the corners in the top of every street, restless,
Fainting for hunger, yet not knowing what they hunger
We must stand in the gap with weeping and intercession for these
And yes we must go out into the highways and hedges and compel
to come in.
often we hear the words, "Christ is coming soon." Neighbor, He
until we fulfill His great commission, "Go ye into all the
and preach the gospel to every creature." Amen