Our theme for this month: “Life on this side of the cross”
Our Bible verse for today: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” John 6:44 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ”
So far in our study of life on this side of the cross we’ve learned that when Jesus came to earth, He changed everything. He ushered the human race into the final age of human history and from that point on, we would be able to relate to Father God in a completely new, and much more personal way than was ever possible before.
Throughout His ministry here on earth – especially in the months before His crucifixion and then in the six weeks after His resurrection, Jesus promised that once He ascended back to heaven the Holy Spirit would be sent to earth to take His place. Jesus explained that the work of the Spirit would be to serve as our counselor and guide, and He would convict us of our sin.
Another role of the Spirit is to draw people to God through Christ. In John 6:44 Jesus said that no one would be able to come to Him unless the Father draws him. In John 12:32 Jesus promised that once He had been lifted up and glorified, returning to His place in heaven at the right hand of the Father, the drawing would then take place: “But when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.” The drawing is actually accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son are in heaven, the Holy Spirit is at work on earth. The Spirit draws us to the Son for salvation, and the Son presents us to the Father as His children to be adopted into the family of God.
The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ first of all for salvation. All throughout your life the Spirit works quietly behind the scenes creating situations to confront you with your sin and to show you your need for a Savior. Then, once you have placed your faith in Christ, His drawing power shifts to the work of discipleship. As your counselor and guide, and as the one who convicts you of your sin, it’s His job to draw you into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus and the Father.
For the people of God on this side of the cross we are actually drawn to God – first for salvation through Christ, and then into serious and deep discipleship with Him. The Holy Spirit is the One who does the drawing.