When we say someone is “driven” we are commenting on their desire to get things done, their oomph, so to speak. We will especially note their passion or what makes them tick.
When we say someone is “driven” we will often tag them a label- like OCD- or something like that. They may not have or be OC but their “drive” keeps them hopping and desiring that of others as well.
I thought of that when I read the following quote from Jesus Continued by J.D.Greear:
Let me remark that being ‘led by the Spirit of God’ is a remarkable expression. The Bible does not say, ‘As many as are driven by the Spirit of God.’ No, the devil is a driver, and when he enters either into me or into hogs he drives them furiously. (p.87)
The reference to the hogs is from Mark 5:1-20.
Jesus once said, “And I, when I am lifted up, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32) Interesting word used there. Jesus uses the word “draw” not “drag.” The word for draw in the Greek is used for “to draw like a magnet.” Not drag. Not force. Draw. I have a loved one I am praying for. He said he once loved Jesus and now gives no credence to Him at all. My daily prayer? “Lord, draw Him to You.” He can’t be driven. He has to be drawn by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Trying to drive people or to drag them to Jesus never has worked and never will. Besides, it is a much more responsive awareness to be drawn and make a decision of our own volition.
I’m leaving Friday morning for Ohio to bring my grandson back to Indiana for a week. I will be out of touch for 2-3 days. I will see you on Sunday night or Monday (whichever works for you). Have a great weekend. Please say a prayer for Ryan since he will be preaching Sunday on Jesus’ final sayings #5 & 6.