Are you Pushed or Pulled Through Life?
I was recently drawing together a message for our church on being sidetracked by distractions. And I found myself glued to this one fresh thought as I was reading something about Jesus in the Gospels: that Jesus NEVER pushed His way through life. No one needed to push Him to do what He was called to do. His disciples never pressurised Him into seeking His Father early in the morning. Jesus needed no extrinsic motivation to accomplish what was before Him. His WHY was deep within Him. He spent hours with God where the pulling was birthed and His own will was surrendered. Scripture tells us He was not pushed to the cross.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
There was a deep joy ahead of Him, that was akin to magnetic traction, drawing Him though terrible circumstances and countless distractions toward His destiny. The pull of that joy in His Spirit was in knowing He would set you and I free. Thank you Jesus…
Neither did Jesus push anyone into believing in Him or to do something they did not want to. He called Peter to walk on water- He did not push him out of the boat! He did not manipulate a crowd together to teach them, He drew them. He did not push people away- He embraced. He was not pushed into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit- He was led. The only thing Jesus taught us to push away from our lives…was evil itself.
And as my mind was sifting through all these thoughts- the Holy Spirit asked me that uncomfortable question!
Lizby- are you being pushed or pulled through life? Do you need to be reminded, continually nudged, externally motivated in order to gain momentum and traction in your life and fulfil the call on your life as my disciple?
Push and pull are opposite forces at work in our lives.
A push is a force moving something away from you- or exerting a force from behind you to move you toward something.
A pull is a force moving something toward you- or allowing yourself to be drawn toward something, pulled in a particular direction.
And my theory is that when we are spiritually born again- it is as though a spiritual magnet is placed inside of us. Like a homing device. It is incredible powerful. God works with us to grow a new internal motivation for the things of His kingdom, to develop a hunger to fulfil our purpose. We are called to be a pulled people, not forever needing to be pushed from behind to be with Him, pushed to read His word, pushed to go to prayer. Not needing to be pushed to turn to forgiveness, be honest with others, to invest into our marriages, to keep our dating relationships pure.
Have you and I connected our spirits so strongly to the things of God, to the cross, His kingdom, to righteousness- to our intrinsic WHY, that we are pulled in a direction that creates it's own beautiful traction?
What is the joy set before you? I encourage you. Be pulled into His presence by His grace- do not be pushed by guilt. Give the Holy Spirit permission to transform your motivations, to reconnect you back to your purpose, to fix any broken things inside of you. Nurture the fruits of the spirit within you- so you become the magnetic, attractive person that draws people to yourself. Decide to become the person you long to be, someone who sets their heart and mind towards His Kingdom and does not look back.
We will ALL need a push from time to time. It's inevitable and normal. But remember: