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Does Jesus Push or Pull You?


Does Jesus get behind you and push you forward when he wants you to do something for him? Does he stick his thumb in your back and make it uncomfortable for you? Do you stumble forward, trying to gain your balance as the force of his push is more than you can keep up with?


Does Jesus stand in front of you and pull you like a farmer, with teeth clenched, pulls his stubborn mule with a rope? Does he belt out barks of instructions, demanding that you follow him? Do you stumble forward, trying to gain your balance as the force of his pull is more than you can keep up with?


Maybe it’s neither push nor pull. Maybe it’s a DRAFT. Maybe he is so in control of this universe, so determined to love you so unconditionally that the sheer force of that control and love draws you up into his presence. You cannot help but respond to this kind of love. You are compelled to respond with your life. You are caught up in the wonder of a God who would use humans like you to perpetuate this unconditional love.

When we feel pushed, we feel used.
When we feel pulled, we feel abused.
When we are loved, we feel compelled.

Ministry leadership on the draft of God’s love is sustaining. There’s a distinct difference between being driven and being called. When driven, we tend to operate out of a fear or some anxiety or selfish ambition, which seems appropriate to us but isn’t in line with God’s desires. When called, we are fully engaged, serving at peak performance, and enjoying sustained health. That’s what it means to serve strong.

What are your thoughts on PUSH, PULL, DRAFT?

This article was originally posted at Serving Strong.

3 Responses to Does Jesus Push or Pull You?

  1. Ana June 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hey friend! I think you do azmaing work with people and your love for others if evident. :)I know two Pastors who seriously almost worked themselves to death. In the hospital hooked up to everything because their bodies were failing them. I think that learning balance is so key.So yes, part of it is knowing when to say no. And you have to say no when it is best for you whether the other person wants to hear it or not. I would say that saying no along with seeking God on how much of your time he wants you to give to others will def help. Then you can prioritize how to best use those hours to meet the needs of others. And the things that you can not fit in you can perhaps delegate to others. Mike and I are currently looking at our life and our time and how we use it. We are making hard decisions on the things that we need to step back from so that we can move in different directions. I would love to do it all but my family comes first. Someday I will have time for more but now is not that time. Anyways I think you are one of the most giving Christians that I have ever met! You are awesome!

  2. Yolanda August 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, I loved it! I never thought of the draft but I understand and I glad to have learned so much in the powerful words that were written.

  3. dieta October 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    When we feel pushed, we feel used. When we feel pulled, we feel abused. When we are loved, we feel compelled.


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