We Can’t Save People

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. – John 6:44a

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14

In my last post, I wrote about the Christmas pageant performed by the little ones in my junior church class.

The bus kids were particularly excited to invite their friends and family. In prior years, we’ve had several people visit and stay for the sermon afterward. Pastor generally preaches a Christmas message with a salvation theme, so that everyone has the opportunity to hear the true message of the Christmas story.

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But sadly, no new faces appeared in the crowd this year.

During the performance, I was too busy to think about it. But after it was over, I felt a bit disappointed that all of the children’s hard work seemed wasted.

No lost souls they loved had come to watch their play.

But then, I considered the fact that whether or not any visitors came, it still wouldn’t be up to me, or the children, to draw those people to Christ.

Only the Father can do that.

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The same idea applies to any witnessing opportunity. We can pass out tracts, perform acts of kindness, and demonstrate to others through our words and our lives that we are Christians. We can invite friends to church and pray for opportunities to engage strangers in a conversation about the real meaning of Christmas.

But we cannot save people.

What we can do is pray for courage to speak about Christ when opportunities present themselves. We can pray that we will shine brightly with the light of Jesus, that others may want to know why we are different. We can introduce them to the gospel message.

Especially at Christmastime, when lonely people may feel lonelier, and searching hearts may be seeking the truth, let’s look for opportunities to tell others of Christ.

And (the shepherds) came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. – Luke 2:16-18

Have you ever thought about the fact that although it’s our responsibility to witness, it’s not in our power to convert others? I welcome your comments.

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17 thoughts on “We Can’t Save People”

  1. This is an excellent post, and very thought provoking. Many times I have wondered why people I have prayed for for years still don’t accept Christ. As you say, people only come to Christ if the Father calls them. And so we continue to pray, and to witness, and to serve, but ultimately , we must accept that God calls those whom he wills, when he wills, to trust in Christ for their salvation.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! You’re very right that it is God who does the working in the hearts of those who don’t yet believe. Even if we cannot see any spiritual fruit, we shouldn’t underestimate what the Holy Spirit is doing. To believe in Jesus takes time for some, and I like to remember that we are all planting seeds every time we share Jesus with others. And God uses those seeds to stir hearts.

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  3. I feel we are just planting seeds 🙂 maybe adding a little water to a seed someone else has already planted but God is doing the harvesting 🙂 But it all counts, each seed, each watering God will use to His good will, when He knows they are ready, and willing. I also feel it is our job to be the children God wants us to be. People are greedy. They want that love that they see, and feel off of us. It’s like keeping up with the Jones. I do believe that in most all testimonies I have heard, and still from people who have been saved for a while will say, I saw the blessings that Sister or Brother so in so were receiving/how happy they were/how close they were to God….and I wanted that” So it is not just “telling” people. It is also “being” the children God wants us to be. If any of that makes sense 🙂 🙂

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  4. Even the best evangelist may see no immediate results from his/her efforts. I am far from the best, but I’ve felt the same sort of frustration, of wondering if all the work went for nothing.
    But that’s where I am learning to let go, and let God. Faith requires us to do the best job we can in evangelization, and then turn it over to the Lord to poke souls until they give in to Him.
    Tony Hasson planted the seed of my looking into ordination; 15 years later it bore fruit.
    Merry Christmas, friend. Glad to report the arrival last Saturday of Charlotte Daphne Lovell, our 3rd grandchild. All is well, and God is good. — Mike

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    1. Yay! I am so glad that all is well with your new little granddaughter. As far as the rest of your comment, I have heard the stories of many missionaries who did not see souls saved for years, and yet they persisted in the work to which they are called. God certainly has his reasons! And thanks for sharing a bit of your own testimony.

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  5. Loving all these in-depth comments! I will just add that I’m reminded of something my pastor says– “God’s got the bottom line.” We just need to play our roles and do what we’ve been called to do; God can do the rest!

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