Drawn not Driven
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 ESV)
Have you ever met someone who just loves to question you about your faith? They poke at you and your beliefs with a long stick, flipping you over and over trying to ‘get’ what it is that you believe. I’m not talking about those who are aggressive or negative, but rather those who are curious but yet too ‘intelligent’ to put their trust in a God that they can’t see . . . but yet deep down, they probably wish they could.
I have known a few people like that. You can show them scripture and give testimony of God’s goodness in your own life, and they lean in to listen but then walk away, having failed to accept the Truth into their own hearts.
The Word says that, God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. As hard as that is for us to accept when we are evangelizing, it shouldn’t be. We are called to share Christ and make disciples of those who believe . . . not to talk anyone into the Kingdom. We may speak the Word to their ears, but the Holy Spirit is the one who speaks to their hearts. Charles Spurgeon noted:
Notice, dear friends, that the Lord does not drive you to repentance. Cain was driven away as a fugitive and a vagabond when he killed his righteous brother Abel . . . but the sweetest and best repentance is the one that comes, not by driving but by drawing – ‘The goodness of the Lord leads you to repentance.’
We are to live out our lives in such a way that we are not just sharing Christ with our words and testimony, but to show those around us the kindness of the Lord. For He is the very definition of good!
Lord, thank You for being a kind and good Shepherd that calls and draws us near to You – not a strict flogger who drives his flock! Help us to share Your goodness with others and to trust You, Holy Spirit, to take our words of testimony and do the rest. Amen!
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