“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
The more I think about this verse it makes me feel like God doesn’t intend on anyone going to hell. I interpret this verse as saying that at some point everyone is going to believe in God. With that being said, many people have tried to predict when Jesus is coming back for His people. But the Bible also says that no man knows the day or the hour when Heaven and earth with pass away in Matthew 24:35-36. Being that no one knows when Jesus is coming back I pose this question:
Could it be that God Is waiting for the body of Christ to do their job which is to spread the gospel and do “the drawing”? Is it possible that he is giving us time to really do what he has called his people to do?
One may think it’s the Pastors’ jobs to bring people to Christ. But I believe that they are more of leaders to those who are already in the body. Plus they are mostly only in the pulpit on Sunday. Who is going to reach those who don’t come to church? Those who don’t even believe in our God. That is why I feel we as Christians are responsible for living a spiritual life because we are the ones people are looking at on a daily basis. It is expected for a Pastor to be living the model life but those of us who have regular jobs for instance, have to always carry ourselves in such a manner that is reflective of the fact that we proclaim that we believe in Jesus and we go to church. Once you say that, people will be watching your every move and could possibly be making inferences about Christianity without even cracking open the Bible or going to church. We really have to be mindful of those who have not been converted yet and make it our business to guide them toward a better life and eternal life as well. You don’t want to be the reason someone chooses a different lifestyle or religion because that may lead to them being one of the people slated for hell.
I will say that it is rough and we don’t see ourselves as role models but the reality is we may be the only source of religion a person sees and if that is the case we have to always conduct ourselves with the ways of Christ. That isn’t to say that we won’t mess up, because we all know this is a growing process and no one is perfect but our Savior. But even in our errors or shortcomings, the way we fix them will or should say something about the lifestyle we have chosen. My prayer is that we as Christians begin to take our walk more seriously and not be so selfish when it comes to the things we say and do. We need to always be sharers of the good news so that all men will be drawn unto our Lord as his word says.