Pastor Furtick said last week that God doesn’t “PUSH” us but “PULLS” us, or “draws” us with His drawing power as it is written, “Come follow me”.
Matthew 4:19* NIV
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
I can simply relate this to us being led or drawn to church and fellowship/Life Groups. We can only “push” people so much however, God has to DRAW us or lead us to obedience. We cannot push a fish to bite, but we can draw or lure them in, amen?
To the Bible buffs out there, at one time striking the rock was appropriate, but now God prefers for us to speak to it.
And if people feel the love, they will come back. But they have to experience the maturity, comfort and inspiration that comes with God’s love.
John 6:44* NIV
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
INSIDE THE NUMEROLOGY:
*Matthew 4:19 (4+1+9=14)
*John 6:44 (6+4+4=14) Where “14” means “passover”, synonymous with Calvary where the Passover lamb was given for our sins. This “14” justly placed in reference to the verse “and I will raise them up at the LAST DAY.”
This “Last day” was Calvary. Jesus said “It is finished” on this day. And those of us that were “drawn” to carry our cross and followed Him to Calvary also left behind our sins and stepped into eternity and received His Spirit which He surrendered to us by His resurrection.
For me, this “push vs. pull” contrast is best explained as what we talked about before, on what resides in our hearts that is our true catalyst for drawing us to God and each other. Is it Love or Sacrifice?
Matthew 12:7 NASB
“But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”
And why is “Sacrifice” so taboo? Well, living as a sacrifice is not evil, but how we interpreted the word “sacrifice” in our hearts is what got us in trouble.
True meaning of Sacrifice. This link provides the TRUE meaning of Sacrifice according to the Jews who may know a thing or two about sacrifices.
So for us, post Calvary, our hearts should have changed on how we desire to draw nearer to God. It should not feel like a court appointed anger management class, but instead like visiting a precious loved one.
Remember, traditional “sacrificial” behavior should have ended on Calvary. Jesus Christ PAID IT ALL. All Sacrifices and all our debts, and everything in the Old Testament that was by works failed.
Romans 13:8 NIV
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
But if we feel that we “owe” God or if we feel that we owe anyone anything, the only “debt” that should remain in our hearts is the simple debt to love one another.
And what is love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
“4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Now these are not my words, but by faith it is God’s. I have just been broken down enough in my life that I learned to be still and reverend long enough where The Holy Spirit can speak to me and use my hands, knowledge, possessions and gifts for His glory.
I am learning with you all. I may never attain the things that God gives me via revelation, however it is okay, because I am very hungry and pray that He will never stop speaking to me or I stop being hungry.
In the name that is synonymous with the splendor of Creation, Jesus Christ.