“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.” - John 12:32
You’ve met them. The kind of people who can just walk into a room and all of the sudden they are in the middle of a group of people. They are the focal point of conversation. They seem to communicate naturally and are at ease even with strangers. They are easily approachable. They are the type that gets plenty of business referrals and people are just drawn to them. They have what is known as a magnetic personality. People with magnetic personalities don’t necessarily try to make themselves the center of attention, but they just naturally radiate this mysterious influence and charisma that draws people to them.
The early Church was magnetic. There were certain qualities it had that drew an unbelieving world into its arms. One of these magnetic qualities was how the believers loved one another. Another was the preaching of God’s Word. They communicated God’s life-changing truth and that drew a world hungry for something different. The early Church also had a culture of generosity. They gave what they had to meet the needs of others, both inside and outside the Church. The world began to care how much the Church knew when they could see how much the Church cared.
But there was one magnetic force that the early Church possessed that was not only the greatest of them all, but also held all of the other magnets together. Jesus Christ is the most magnetic personality that has ever lived. He even said in John 12:32 that, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself.” Jesus was referring to His crucifixion (being lifted up on the cross) and to His resurrection (being lifted up out of an empty tomb). Jesus said, “When I am lifted up I will draw people from every color, every tribe, every nation, every language, Jews and Gentiles unto Myself.”
Father, Thank You for Your magnetic Son, Jesus Christ. May He be lifted high in my life each and every day so that others are drawn to You through me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Topics: Christian Living