Helping a Drawee
When God "DRAWS" a person to Jesus, frequently the drawee appears to be seeking or hungering to know more about Jesus and God in different ways. Some times a drawee has a strong desire to read the bible or parts of the bible like the red letters or the Gospel of John, etc., depending on guidance they received. Others want to "hit everyone over the head" with their bible or demand everyone have the same experience they did in detail. For example if God used the experience of falling in an abandoned well to draw them to seek Jesus, they may want to try to push everyone down an abandoned well. A drawee is vulnerable to good or bad guidance. Jesus talks about people who fill new converts with religious doctrines and make them "twice as much a son of hell as you are". Some religious doctrines are so far away from what God and Jesus teach; they have the effect of causing a young follower, who is like a little child, to sin. Jesus is very strong about how bad it is "if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin". Praise God that a person is drawable1.
As a follower of Jesus, Jesus encourages us to "go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them Teach them to obey everything that I have told you". Teaching what Jesus has told us does not mean teaching religious doctrines or church dogma. Sometimes new followers are taught as Jesus said, "to obey everything that I have told you" and yet they fall away. When they are taught incorrectly, it is easy to understand why they fall away but why do they fall away when they are taught what Jesus teaches? Jesus teaches us that sometimes the "Evil One comes and takes away the things that were planted in that person's heart" or "when trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching he accepted, then he quickly gives up" or "worries about this life and love of money stop that teaching from growing". Yes, many things can keep a young follower of Jesus from growing even when they are being taught correctly. When God has given you the opportunity to help someone who had been drawn to Jesus, be diligent in teaching them correctly and supporting them spiritually. When you share what Jesus teaches, you are doing the right thing provided you don't offer explanations or clarifications that mislead. To support a young follower spiritually, pray for them daily to know and do what God wants and take authority in Jesus' "name" over the enemy daily for the young follower2. And initially remember to praise God that the person is drawable.
Jesus is Not for Everyone
Apparently Jesus is not for everyone as Jesus says; "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him to Me". We can tell people about Jesus, we share what Jesus has done for us and means to us, but God still has to draw or give a person a desire to come, which may be the subject of our prayers for that person. Some Christian groups have elaborate steps that remind others of sales approaches of large companies. Their steps may include how to "close the sale" or get the person to make a commitment or a statement that allows them to proclaim the person is "saved". Then they brag how many people were "saved" like a sales organization may brag about the number of sales. Much of "what people value highly is detestable in God's sight". We do not convince people to come to Jesus by sales pitches or by great logic or strong intellectual reasoning or biblical proof or by attractive social programs that close the back door of the church, etc. Jesus makes it clear that "you cannot come to Me, unless the Father makes you want to come". We make "followers" by helping those who God has given a hunger and desire to come to Jesus know the truth, which is following what Jesus teaches. Then we "baptize" them and obey Jesus by teaching "them to obey everything that I have told you". How do you know who has been drawn to Jesus? Even if you have great communication with God, unless God specifically tells you not to, it is safer to share or witness to everyone. If they respond with interest, pursue but don't argue or insist, just pray for them and let God do His thing. If they fall away, continue to pray for them but do not allow the accuser to give you a guilt trip. Sometimes there is a person you really care about and yet no matter what is shared from God or what God says through Jesus, they do not seem to hear. Jesus shares a possible answer we may not want to hear. "Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God". Since the only other one people can belong to, is the one Jesus calls the "devil", we may want to include spiritual warfare in our prayers for that person. 3
1. Jn 6:44; Mt 23:15; 18:6 (NI)
2. Mt 28:19-20; Mt 13:19-22; Mk 16:17 (IC)
3. Jn 6:44 (TL); Lk 16:15 (NI); Jn 6:65 (CE); Mt 28:19-20 (IC); Jn 8:44-47 (NI)
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