DAY 08 - God Has to Choose Us First

Am I remembering that no one can believe in Jesus unless God first opens their spiritual eyes?

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching.  Who can accept it?” 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. 64Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him."66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. - John 6:60-66

INSIGHT:  There is power in Jesus’ words, but there had just been a defection by false disciples.  They came to Jesus for carnal reasons, not because they understood the truth of their desperate need to be saved from the penalty of their sins.

When hard teaching and the threat of persecution came, they fell away just like the 3rd seed in Mat 13:21.  This scripture, along with the cross references, makes it so clear that God has to pursue us before we can pursue Him.  We can tell a person about Jesus until we are blue in the face (and we should), but until and unless God decides to open their spiritual eyes, our words will fall on deaf ears, or they will come to Jesus with wrong motives. 

If you’ve been given eyes to see, be grateful, and perhaps less judgmental, about those whose eyes God may never open (Rom 9:10-23).  Some people have a real problem with the idea of predestination, because it doesn’t fit with our carnal minds.  It may be hard to understand, but we have to trust God’s word and His sovereign election.  Perhaps predestination is nothing more than God’s omniscience being able to look into the future, from eternity past, and already knowing who would choose Him back and who would not (see v.64).

Above all things, we must allow Scripture to shape our view of God’s ways, rather than trying to shape it to match our image of them.  Only God knows who is predestined, so we should just act as if everyone is, and share Christ whenever we can!