No one can force you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, it cannot be done. You have to accept Salvation of your own free will.
If God wanted to force you to love Him He would have done it all by Himself and He didn’t, so no one else can do so. If you are being forced, be weary make sure you accept the Lord because you believe in Him and not in the person trying to convince you, no matter how charismatic they seem to be. As a Christian you should preach and teach the gospel, be patient with the non-believer and do not get angry with them. Remember you were once in that same position, when you did not believe, thought you had all the answers and rejected anyone sharing the faith with you.
There is an urgency for us to preach the gospel today but this is not to be confused with pressuring someone into submission. The urgency lies in the fact that no one knows when it is their time to leave this world, today, tomorrow, next month, next year we have absolutely no idea. The following scripture tells us of a rich man who thought he had everything the world could offer and was pleased with his accomplishments. But:
And He spoke a parable unto them, saying, the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
But God said unto him, you fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Having accumulated great earthly wealth, with no concern for the things of God, the rich man was completely satisfied with himself and was set for life or so he thought. At no point did he think that he would not be alive long enough to enjoy it, and he wasn’t, so there is an urgency for Christians to preach the gospel and for those hearing it not to delay in answering the call. Jesus did not force anyone to follow Him, He fed thousands, He walked on the sea, He preached the kingdom of heaven to them, He healed the sick, raised people from the dead, not in secret but in very public places surrounded by the same people who rejected Him.
When Jesus explained to them that He was the Bread from Heaven sent down by the Father to give us life and that this was a spiritual illustration of who He is, they thought it was too difficult to understand and complained. The following scripture tells us that many of Jesus’ disciples walked away from Him:
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
In that very moment in front of Jesus Himself, many disciples walked away from Him and never returned. They didn’t want to take up the challenge or try to understand something that was out of their comfort zone, remind you of anyone?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away?
Jesus never forced anyone to follow Him, you cannot force someone to want to be with you. This would be a good time to remind ourselves of the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. When these characteristics develop in you, you will have patience to go that extra distance, to keep preaching the gospel even if many walk away when they hear it, never thinking that there’s no point to it. Don’t try to drag anyone kicking and screaming; guide them, answer their questions, be gentle, do not anger and do not attempt to force them to get results. If they don’t want to hear anything you have to say and walk away, you must respect their wishes and leave them alone.
When a Christian attempts to share their faith with a non-believer it is to help them to find the Lord and to receive the gift of Salvation freely, not to force their beliefs on them. When Jesus sent His disciples to spread the gospel, He directed them saying, if people do not receive you, move on.
There are billions of people in the world who need to hear the Gospel, so we must keep moving on to get to as many people as possible, the urgency is in the second coming of our Lord Jesus and we have absolutely no idea when this will be. It is not for us to labour at trying to change someone’s mind; we leave the Holy Spirit to work with people’s hearts and minds when drawing them to the Lord. If someone hardens their heart and mind against the Lord, no amount of cajoling will change it, but don’t be discouraged. Someone out there needs to hear the Gospel.
Be encouraged and keep going in Christ!