John 6:36, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”
What is your story? When you look back on your life, how do you see God at work? As I think about my story, I remember the ways in which I could sense God at work in me from an early age. I didn’t know how or why, but God had given me a sensitive conscience. Even before I knew anything about the gospel, I wanted to do the right thing. I didn’t have a dramatic moment in time where I prayed to receive Christ and I was instantly changed, but I did have numerous examples that I can look back on and see God’s fingerprints all over.
As I look back, I can see examples of God drawing me to himself. As John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” I remember distinctly being drawn in by the Lord. Can you?
It is important to look back and see those life-defining moments. More specifically, it is important to remember the ways we have seen God draw us to Christ, because struggles oftentimes come with doubts and questions. “I must not be chosen by God if I am struggling like this.” “Is God going to reject me in the end when I see him face to face?” This is where Jesus’ words in John 6 are incredibly comforting. Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger… Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” Coming to Jesus is being drawn by the Father to believe in the Son and to repent of our sins. We have been given the assurance that though we struggle, if we have come to Jesus in faith, repenting of our sins, we have assurance for eternity.
So you say, “How do I know that I’ve been drawn by the Father?” “How do I know that my faith is true saving faith?” If you’re asking the question, longing for it to be true of you that the Father has drawn you to know the Son, then your longing is showing evidence of the Father drawing you! That desire does not come from your flesh; it only comes from the Spirit of God. When Paul says in Philippians 1:6, “For I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ,” he is saying that for those the Father has drawn to the Son and given faith to believe, he will complete the process he began. What assurance! What comfort! Our security in Christ is not dependent on my good works, but on Him who began the good work! In John 6:39, Jesus even said that it is the will of the Father that Jesus would “lose nothing of all that he has given me.” If we have been saved by faith in Jesus Christ, then we will be kept till the end by the power of Jesus! Phoebe Palmer Knapp called this “Blessed Assurance.”