The house can be full even when there’s not very many people in it. We routinely count people to determine if a house is full or not, but it’s possible to be in a large house with only a few people and it still be full. You can also be in a small house packed full of people and it still be empty. What really is the determining factor of whether a house is full or empty? It depends on who you are asking, but ultimately it’s best to let God decide. As far as God is concerned, a house being full or empty must not have anything to do with the number of people or room capacity, and it must not have anything to do with the size of the house. Jesus actually gave us some numbers to consider when measuring the fullness of a house.
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Think about it, the presence of the Lord is what determines the fullness of a house, not seating capacity. What would you rather have, great numbers of people, but no presence of the Lord, or the presence of the Lord no matter the number? It’s clear and God declared it to us that He wants His house to be full, full of people, and full of His presence.
Luke 14:23 “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.”
What a blessing when the house is full of people and full of the presence of the Lord, but what a challenge as well. The question is, however, and the one we should be asking is, “Do you bring Jesus into the house?” Can you bring Jesus with you Sunday? When you go to your house, do you bring Jesus? When you go to work, will you take Jesus? Why not make it your personal responsibility to see that the house is full wherever you go, by bringing Jesus with you? Only Jesus—say that with me—only Jesus can make a house full!