John 6:44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. NLT
I’m a natural worrier. Even when it comes to bringing enough souls into the Kingdom. Which I know is completely inconsistent with the truth, as we are not saved by deeds, but by faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Yet sometimes I catch myself morphing the things that begin out of love, becoming tainted with negative emotions.
I recently read, ‘Share Jesus without Fear’ by William Fay and Linda Evans Shepherd. Being deeply inspired by it’s message, I yearned deeply to be a part of what God is doing, drawing the lost to Himself. The author highlights that after discerning if God has been tugging on someone’s heart, by asking deep-diving questions, we are just the ‘page turner’ of scripture as we get them to read it. It is the Holy Spirit who speaks to your friend’s heart, as the Word does His work. It’s God’s power, drawing a precious soul to Himself. We just get to be a part of this beautifully sacred moment!
It was there on the pages, that the Lord showed me that success wasn’t converting someone to Christ, even though that’s the goal, motivated by love. Since God loves everyone (John 3:16), and wishes no-one to be lost (2 Peter 3:9). Instead, success was simply the obedience to God by participating in the great commission. The sin, is keeping silent and not sharing the gospel.
I’d never thought of it that way before, and it took a huge burden off my shoulders. Considering that it is the Holy Spirit convicting people of their personal need for the Savior.
It made me consider how Jesus told the disciples that they would become fishers of people in Matthew 4:19.
If you’ve ever been fishing, you know, you’re not in control of which fish take the bait. It is the same with beloved people. No matter how much we want others to join the kingdom today, it is God who calls according to His perfect will and timing. Obedience is casting the word, the Holy Spirit draws the catch.
Jesus Himself said that He can only do what my Father in Heaven is doing (John 5:19). This underlines Jesus’ words in todays key verse in John 6:44, ‘no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me’. Our striving to convert people outside of what the Father is doing, is futile. The author encourages that when we realize this, we will be doing a lot more praying, asking God where He is moving, and how we can partake in that. How exciting! To tag along behind Jesus, today!
Dear Jesus, take away the anxiety of needing to convert others, and replace it with obedience to share your great love with others. I want to move when you move. Restore the joy, humility and thankfulness, knowing that You choose to use us, even me, to help others take a step towards the kingdom. – Amen