And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. John 6:65-66 | NASB
You know the old saying “What happens when you assume? You make an ASS of U and ME!”
Mostly this happens because of a misunderstanding. When you assume something, mostly indicative of the worse case scenario, what you are really indicating is that you know exactly what the person is thinking, or the move in which they will make (Enter the ASS part).
In the scripture above, some disciples (which John did not name) made an ass of themselves by assuming Jesus’ words meant they had to be have picked by God to be his followers. This was old thinking from the days of Moses and the Law. Instead of understanding that Jesus came to free all men and was sent by the Father, they made a spectacle by leaving. Not everyone will believe in you and your mission. That’s ok. Let them go. Jesus didn’t run after then did he? No. He actually asked his twelve if they wanted to tuck-tail-and-run as well. The mind-blowing concept of following Christ! He’ll give you the option to either go or stay.
Don’t assume! Don’t be destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Ask the Holy Spirit to bring clarity to your relationship with Jesus. Just don’t walk away over a misunderstanding.
Pray this with me:
Heavenly Father, I want to know you and the power of your might. Strengthen me to understand your ways. I love You and need more of You, decreasing myself so You can be seen through me. Amen.