February 7: Drawn by Love
"Jesus answered, 'This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now
will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to
myself.' He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die." John 12:20-33
One man said, “Lost souls are looking for love; they are longing for someone to care; and if they find it
not in our hearts and the atmosphere we create in our churches and small groups, then they will go
limping down to Hell without it!”
Jesus was criticized by the religious people of his day because he ate with publicans, spoke to immoral
women, and even touched lepers. These contacts were shocking to those who prided themselves on
outward uprightness and wanted nothing to do with “sinners.” Jesus, however, emphasized the priority
of the heart and demonstrated love to those he met. As a result, “the common people heard him
gladly.” (Mark 12:37) His sacrificial love attracted people to Him. If we desire to reach people with
Christ’s love, we must likewise love them ourselves.
When we treat those we meet with love and compassion, they will be drawn to Jesus through our lives.
John 18 - 19