Why do I want people to know about God’s grace of eternal security? I want them to know the joy of getting off the performance treadmill. I don’t want them to worry about some day rejecting Jesus and spending eternity without Jesus. But am I acting like the God I want them to know better? A God who loves them unconditionally and gives them eternal life because they love Jesus?
Two pastors, who love Jesus with all their heart, have said by their words and actions:
I don’t want to know.
I had a conversation that was frustrating. I said to one pastor I am depending on Jesus to keep me from falling. That’s eternal security. What are you relying on to keep you from falling? Jesus or yourself? He said Jesus. I said then you believe in eternal security. He shook his head and said no.
I talked to my PhD counselor, (Pretty “head Doctor,” my wife), and she gave me this wise but long-winded advice:
Which brings me to the title of this post. Jesus did not force Himself on others. He respected them and respected their choices. The rich young ruler was personally invited to be a disciple of, and be with, the God of the universe and he turned it down. Jesus didn’t go after him, Jesus respected his choice. And that is what I need to learn to do. I share truth to benefit others. But if they reject it I am not benefitting them by repeating myself. That is harassment.
I will continue to tell the truth I know (including eternal security). But I am giving up on telling those who don’t want to hear.