Have you ever heard the expression: "The person who chases two rabbits catches neither."? While riding this happens frequently. It's easy to get caught up chasing an overall average speed, location, the next food / water stop, or even the person in front of you. All of these, not managed, can lead to "chasing rabbits". While you chase an overall average you might forget to keep up on your fuel (water and food). While chasing the person in front of you, you forget to maintain a comfortable overall average and "blow up" before the finish.
In last weeks post, we talked about Ready Set Go! When it comes time to Go, it will look appealing to chase conversions. Why wouldn't you want to convert? I try to remind myself, and others, that we can not convict or convert. Only God can do this. We are mere vessels to share with people about God's glory, His unconditional love, and bear His image.
Chasing the conversions / convictions of the people we disciple can lead us to loose sight of God. How can this be? Why would our dedication to convert or convict said person not be God honoring? Does not James 5:19-20 say: “My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.”
Bear with us, we're not saying that sharing His Word with others is not God honoring, but when we chase the conviction or conversion we tend to forget to "seek ye first" (Matthew 6:33). We must first seek God and the relationship he wants to have with us. From this relationship, God will guide us through discipling others. He will let us know when to pursue and when to let go (or back off and pray for them).
In a write up on top 10 Bible verses about seeking God. Crystal McDowell tells us to: #10 Seek God so you will know what to do - The wisdom of God is well beyond the knowledge of man. When we are in a place of needing direction and insight for life’s problems, we can seek after God’s counsel to receive wisdom, knowledge, and insight for our next steps. He knows the beginning and end; therefore we can’t go wrong with His guidance.
Avoid chasing religious rabbits. There are times when someone just doesn't want to hear God's Word. That's ok. The battle isn't over. We still can pray for this person. Seek first God and His wisdom. He will let you know what you need to do.
Thanks and God Bless!