The Love of God Is Drawing Me Part 2 of 2
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
Friends, it is as impossible for any of the elect of God to come to Christ and lay hold on him without divine drawing, as it would be for the devil to feel compassion of heart and repentance towards God. If you can say from your heart: —“Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to thy cross I cling.” – Then His drawing may be enough to prove that He loved you with an everlasting love.
There is another question for you to think about: Are you, being drawn from earth to heaven? Do you feel like there is a magnet up there drawing your heart, so that when you are facing a problem, you cannot avoid sending a prayer up to your heavenly Father? Do you ever feel like there is an impulse that impels you to have fellowship with God through prayer? If this is so, then you can rest assured that it is Christ that draws. There is a link between you and heaven, and Christ is that link. However, if your heart is here below, then your treasure is here; but if your heart is up there then your treasure is obviously there.
Friends, I tried to show you that those who are drawn to Jesus may be assured that they are loved with an everlasting love. And now I want you to see that they are drawn with loving kindness. Some people are frightened into religion. Beware of any religion that plays upon your fears. Some people’s religion consists entirely of doing what they think they must do, even though they don’t like it. They are either afraid that God will punish them, or they are anxious for a reward. This is not the religion of Jesus Christ. The genuine Christian serves God because he loves Him; not because he fears hell, for he knows that he has been delivered from condemnation by being washed in Jesus’ blood. He does not expect to earn heaven by his poor inadequate works. And besides, heaven is his inheritance, since Jesus has given it to him. But he serves God because he loves Him. He is drawn by an awareness of the love of God for him, to love God in return.
Who is the best servant? It is certainly not the man who only does what he is paid to do; and who would betray your interest to benefit himself; rather it is the servant who would faithfully serve you through all your misfortunes. Some of the old-fashioned servants were so attached to their masters, that they were regarded as members of the family. Those that are the true servants of Christ love Him, and serve Him, because they love him so much that they could not leave Him or deny Him. So now, are you drawn with loving kindness? “Loving-kindness” is such a lovely word! There is such a charming sweetness about it. The loving-kindness of the Lord is communicated by His helping hand, as it creates a desire in our Heart to do our duty to Him, and restrains us from falling into sin. How can
I carry out this great sin, how can I sin against such a Friend, who is so kind and generous to show “loving-kindness” to me?
Listen as I read this old poem or Hymn, I don’t know which. “Now for the love, I bear his name, What was my gain, I count my loss; My former pride I call my shame, And nail my glory to his cross.” “Yes, and I must and will esteem All things but loss for Jesus’ sake. Oh! may my soul be found in him And of his righteousness partake!” It is true; you can know if you are God’s chosen or not. Are you drawn, and how are you drawn? Is it with loving-kindness?
Now, I wish you would check your own experience. Can you truthfully say, “I was drawn by divine grace, and today I am constrained by that grace? From now on, I freely yield myself up to Christ to be his servant, his disciple, his friend, his brother, forever and ever. The Lord has appeared unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” If you can’t say that, it could be that you are not one of His and your name has not been written in the Lamb’s book of life! But it could also be that the drawing has begun, and now you crave God’s loving-kindness. If you desire Jesus, you can depend upon it, Jesus desires you. No sinner was ever with Jesus before he was drawn to Him. When you are willing to have Him, he is evidently willing to have you. You have not put out one hand towards him, unless He has first put two hands on you. If you believe in Him; believe that he can save you, and then trust in him to save you, because you have already been drawn. This is proof positive that God has loved you from before the world’s beginning.
Today, I have touched on the doctrine of election, because the doctrine of “election” and the doctrine of “free will” are both contained within the Word of God. I don’t believe that anyone really understands how they co-exist, but one thing I am sure of, is that anyone can be saved. The Holy Spirit has stated in the Bible that “Whosoever will (or whoever wants to) may come to Jesus;” that means that anyone can. He also says that if we will confess Jesus before men and believe that He is God the Son, then we will be saved.
If you trust Jesus now, ‘it’s done! You’re saved. The moment a sinner believes and trusts in Christ, he is Saved—saved forever. In that moment he is accepted in the Beloved. From that moment he might sing this song: — “‘Tis done, the great transaction’s done; I am my Lord’s, and he is mine; He drew me, and I followed on, Glad to obey the voice divine.” May the Lord appear to you, speak to you, and bless you, saying to you, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness have I drawn you.” Amen.