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?