Lovingly Drawn

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Watering the Tulips

01/25/2012

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” - John 6:44

In a way, the inability of the natural man seems so strange to those of us who have been drawn to Christ. Though we can all surely remember when we had no interest in the things of God, we can also remember the heartfelt desire to know Christ…when the Father drew us. It’s difficult for many on this side of regeneration to comprehend the inability of the lost because they judge the salvation experience by their feelings rather than the infallible Scripture. Do not misunderstand; we, as believers, surely had a desire to come to Christ by faith and it’s easy to assume this is a natural feeling. However, the Bible says this desire was a gift from God.
God’s Holy Word tells us that “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Child of God, you can most certainly look back to a time when you did have a desire to know Christ in a personal way. However, you must see that the Bible affirms that this desire was not “natural”. It was not a part of your wicked heart (Jeremiah 17:9). In fact, the Scripture here tells us that you could not know the things of the Spirit of God because you naturally considered them foolish. The Spirit of God was not present inside of you in your depraved condition. But, praise the Lord, He lovingly drew you to Christ. Your faith in Christ is a super-natural gift (Ephesians 2:8)!
The Scripture surely paints a miserable picture of the natural man. Romans 8:7 says, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” Perhaps man is not as bad (morally) as he could be. We know God is restraining sin. However, man is as bad off (spiritually) as he can possibly be. He is totally separated from God. He is God’s enemy by nature and practice (Colossians 1:21). He cannot save himself. But, it’s worse than that. He doesn’t want to save himself. He is an enemy of God and rejoices in it. What can bring a person from this state to a desire to know Jesus? Simply, the grace of God! Child of God, you were surely at enmity with God. However, He drew you to Christ!
It can be so easy to base our theology on our experiences. I could easily look back to the time that I was 21 years old and became convicted of my sins. I could easily recall my desire to know Christ and believe that this desire came from somewhere inside of me due to my conviction. Considering this, I could hold to the belief that this is something all men naturally possess. However, the Word of God tells me differently. God’s Word tells me that He saved me in spite of what I wanted.
Child of God, perhaps you have never considered that God gently led you to the cross. Perhaps you have never understood that the change wrought within you was not from you. It may be that you are just now realizing that the Scripture teaches that you trust Christ today because God, in His infinite grace and mercy, lovingly drew you to Christ. Take this very moment to thank Him for His wonderful gift of faith right now.

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