John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” KJV
Mat 28:19, 20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ESV
In these two verses, we see what could be considered a paradox. On one hand John says that God draws people to Himself and Matthew says that we are commanded to make disciples. How is it that God does the drawing, yet, we are commanded to make disciples? God certainly knows, after all who His elect are and since He (God) chooses, why should we bother then with the Great Commission?
God, in His Sovereignty has given us (believers) a command to evangelize the world to bring others to Christ. The question is then, to whom do we evangelize? And, how does our evangelizing and His drawing work together? When Christ came, He broke down the barriers of the Nations and division of peoples. This is why we (Gentiles) have been grafted in as one body in Christ.
We are told to evangelize the world, in the military that means lottie dottie everybody. It does not discriminate or alienate, it means everyone. Yet, as believers, we seem to pick and choose who we “evangelize”.
Peter had to be set straight in Acts before he went to the Cornelius household. Peter had some traditions and maybe even some prejudices he had to overcome before going to a gentile and a Roman soldier to boot. God had to show him in a vision not to show partiality to anyone. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” KJV
So here is the question we must answer for ourselves, do we show partiality to those outside our comfort zone? Do we only evangelize those whom we have in common or are comfortable around? We have no idea who God is drawing to Himself and when the Holy Spirit gives us opportunity to share the gospel, we need to take that opportunity and either plant the seed or water the seed. Gods word will not return void and we can be confident that God’s drawing of that person will give the increase. We just need to be faithful.