Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 25, 2014

Do you have the power to draw?

By Michael C. Carson
Local columnist

---- — The life blood of any organization is recruitment.

In order for the club, group, auxiliary or church to continue, members must compel/invite others to join.

Now the organization must be “about something.” Fulfilling some specific function is very important for groups to be seen as being “attractive” to others. There must be some “drawing power” not only in the organization itself but in the person(s) doing the compelling (drawing).

Permit me to share this dialogue between Jesus and a woman recorded in St. John Chapter Four that will help to illustrate “the power of draw.”

Jesus said to her: “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (vs.: 10-14)

The woman at the well had an unscheduled meeting with Jesus. After she “interviewed” Jesus she embraced the power of God to draw others to Jesus.

The Bible informs us that she utilized her power to draw in a major way: “The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.” (St. John 4:28-30)

In John Maxwell’s book "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership," he entitles The Second Law of Leadership as being “The Law of Influence.” Maxwell states that “The True Measure of Leadership is Influence Nothing More, Nothing Less.”

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell comments that: “You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you everywhere if only out of curiosity.” Maxwell warns: "If you don't have influence, you will never be able to lead others"

Evangelizing is a commanded opportunity (St. Matthew 28:19-20) to lead others to Christ and yes, join the Church. Every member of the church should evangelize.

“The Body of Christ” Is so strong Jesus testifies that: “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (St. Matthew 16:18) We are promised by Jesus to have the authority to lead others to Christ: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (St. Matthew 28:20)

The Samaritan Woman embraced Jesus and was empowered to draw others to Jesus. When we embrace Jesus, we are anointed with the power to draw others to God through Christ.

As you compel others to join whatever cause or organization you represent, what power are you drawing upon to draw them?

Peace with justice in God’s grace, be blessed real good, attend worship, and families matter.