Christ taught that only He could bring the lost to Himself.
The responsibility of bringing the lost to Christ is on God’s shoulders. It is not on the shoulders of His servants. He explains in John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Christ repeats that emphasis when He says, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father” (vs. 65). People are so ensnared in sin that unless God draws them they are hopeless.
Why? Because they are blinded. Second Corinthians 4:4 explains, “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
God has to remove the veil from their eyes. Unless He does, it will never be removed. He may use a human instrument to do so, whether a preacher or someone witnessing one on one. Ultimately, it is Christ working. The instrument is only the means of removing the blindness. It is not the power by which the blindness is removed. The power belongs to Him.
The pressure we ought to feel
The pressure of bringing people to Christ is God's. We can only bring Christ to them. The only pressure we ought to feel is the pressure to make the gospel clear.
As Christ hung on the cross, He declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Before a holy God He did everything that could be done to satisfy the anger of God against sin. His payment for our sin was complete and final. He and He alone atoned for our sins. We cannot trust Christ plus something (such as our good deeds and religious efforts) to get us to heaven. Christ alone saves.
We should feel the pressure to make the gospel clear. Only Christ through His Holy Spirit can bring about an understanding of the gospel. But it’s the clarity of our presentation God uses to show their condition, His remedy, and their need to trust Christ. As you evangelize, say to yourself, “I must be clear, be clear, be clear.”
God holds us responsible for contact, not conversion. We have the privilege of introducing the lost to Christ. The pressure for them to trust the Savior is on Him, not us.
As we improve our skills we increase our effectiveness in reaching the lost. But some fields of opportunity are riper than others. Furthermore, even when multitudes respond, God brings them, not us. Any pressure we should feel is that of bringing the gospel clearly to lost people with the intent of them trusting Christ. Whether or not they do is God’s responsibility.
God does not count our converts. He examines our faithfulness and rewards our labors. Results are in His hands, not ours.
(adapted from 21 Things God Never Said)
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