All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37 ESV)
This may stem from lingering pride, “I’m not good enough for God,” or maybe it’s the result of misunderstanding the election and calling of the saints. Whatever the cause, none of us should get ourselves into this position.
There are several truths that override this delusion ultimately placed in the mind of the Christian by Satan himself. First, none of us would desire Christ and His salvation apart from the Father first having done a work in our hearts. We’re rebels and we do not naturally want anything to do with Him. The fact that we long for God and His salvation is a good indication that He has already been gracious to us.
Second, the Lord will not announce His good news to us, put out a welcome mat, and then turn us away at the door. Jesus is emphatic on this when He declares, “If you come to me, I’m never going to turn you away!”
Third, who are we to decide that God would never “save me”? The Lord is sovereign and saves whoever He wills (Romans 9:18). Do we know the mind of God in this way? Are we greater than God? Absolutely not!
The apostle John, who knew the frailty of the human heart, wrote to bring peace to the heart of the believer. He stated:
“By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:19-20 ESV).
What was he saying? John, taking so much time in this letter to address the love of the brethren that a child of God now has because of the presence of God’s love, drives home the point that this is a real sign that we have gone from death to life. And even if our heart condemns us, God knows His own and all things, and He is greater than our heart. The Lord uses evidences of grace in the life of the believer to bring peace to his heart and mind. The Father wants His child to rest secure in the knowledge that he / she has been forever welcomed into His family.
Is there a time to make our election and calling sure (2 Peter 1:10) as Peter instructs us? Of course there is. However, once, through the Holy Spirit, we determine this is the case, we are to move on to add more virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love to our faith (2 Peter 1:5-7).
So, stop trying to play God. If you have looked to the Father and believed, rejoice and be thankful that He has condescended to take notice of your pitiful condition and has forever accepted you in the Beloved, Jesus Christ.