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ARE YOU BEING DRAWN TO CHRIST?

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Saturday Evening, December 9, 2006
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44).


A young person heard me preach on this text twice last Sunday. After the evening service she came to the inquiry room. She was counselled by Mr. Griffith, one of our deacons. He said to her, “Will you come to Jesus?” She answered, “I can’t come to Him because I’m not being drawn.” Mr. Griffith answered by showing her the many ways that God is drawing her. But so far she has resisted those drawings, refusing to submit, unwilling to yield to the Saviour.

But I believe there may be others here tonight who think they are not being drawn to Christ. And, therefore, I will go through a list, similar to the one given to that girl by Mr. Griffith, to show you that you are wrong, to show you that you are being drawn to Jesus, but are “kicking against the pricks,” as Paul did before his conversion. How, then, is God drawing you?

I. First, God is drawing you to Jesus by His providence.

In his book, From Darwin to Design, Dr. Cagan has a chapter on the “Butterfly Effect,” which is an important part of science and mathematics. This scientific theory reflects the providence of God. By “providence” we mean the benevolent guidance of God, by His unseen hand, placing us in certain circumstances for our help and advantage.

An illustration of this in the Bible is Esther coming into the court of King Ahasuerus, put there providentially by the unseen hand of God to save the Jews from extermination. And Mordecai said to Esther,

“Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

And Esther replied,

“So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).

Mordecai recognized that Esther seemed to him to have been put into the king’s palace by the providence of God, and he was right. At first Esther was reluctant to go in to the king, because it was against the law. But she at last yielded, and agreed to risk everything by going in to the king, saying,

“[I will] go in unto the king…and if I perish, I perish”
      (Esther 4:16).

And I say that you have been brought into this church through the same providence which guided Esther into the king’s court. Whether you were born and raised here or not, I say, “You are not here by chance!” That is the one thing that is not possible! You are not here by chance. You are here by providence. And that is one of the greatest proofs that you are being drawn to Jesus!

I often speak harshly against the inertia, the sluggishness and apathy, of lost young people in the churches. But you have never heard me speak against the providence of God, in arranging by His unseen hand, for you to be in a place where the glorious Gospel of Christ is preached.

I say, if you are here, no matter how you got here, that you are indeed being drawn to Jesus by God, through the goodness of His providence!

II. Second, God is drawing you to Jesus by Gospel preaching.

The Apostle Paul said,

“It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (I Corinthians 1:21).

This shows that God uses preaching to draw lost sinners to Christ. But it is not mere Bible studies or motivational talks, as commonly given in these dark days of “decisionism,” which are a means of grace unto salvation. No, it is Gospel preaching that God uses to convert lost souls. As the Apostle put it,

“We preach Christ crucified” (I Corinthians 1:23).

Again, he said,

“I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2).

That is what we do here. In every service – on Saturday night, on Sunday morning, on Sunday night –

“We preach Christ crucified” (I Corinthians 1:23).

And people are converted. We had two hopeful conversions last weekend. So it must be true, at least, that there is a

“demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (I Corinthians 2:4).

Since some people are converted through the instrumentality of the Gospel preaching here, it is safe to say that God is drawing you to Jesus through this preaching. He is drawing you to the Saviour both by providence and by preaching! He draws you also by His power, by providence, by preaching, and by power! I seldom use alliteration, but it seems natural enough in this case. God is drawing you to Jesus by providence, by preaching, and by power.

III. Third, God is drawing you to Jesus by His power.

Do you think that God will dangle salvation before your eyes and not give you the power to reach out and grasp it? A cruel trick like that might very well be played by Satan, but not by God. God does not merely tease you with the prospect of salvation! No! He actually offers you salvation in Christ, and He will make His offer good to every person, every single person, who wants it enough to come to Jesus. “Ah,” someone says, “there is the caveat! There is the tricky warning!” “What if I don’t want it enough?” There is no such thing as that. You don’t earn salvation by wanting it enough! Any wanting at all will do! It isn’t how much you want Him that saves you. Oh, no! It is Jesus who saves you, not your wantings! Jesus says to you,

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

Though you come without proper feelings, He will not cast you out! Though you come without proper motives, He will not cast you out! Though you come without proper faith or proper conviction, He will still not cast you out!

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

He bled on the Cross to save you. He will not cast you out. He prays for your salvation. He will not cast you out.

“We shall live with him by the power of God”
      (II Corinthians 13:4).

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (II Peter 1:3).

You may not feel the power of God. Don’t worry. You don’t need to feel it. All you need to do is come to Jesus. Every step of the way, God will “grease the skids,” and you will see how easy it is to step over the boundary and come to the Saviour by faith! Amen.

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THE OUTLINE OF

ARE YOU BEING DRAWN TO CHRIST?

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44).

I.   God is drawing you to Jesus by His providence,
Esther 4:14, 16.

II.  God is drawing you to Jesus by Gospel preaching,
I Corinthians 1:21, 23; 2:2, 4.

III. God is drawing you to Jesus by His power, John 6:37;
II Corinthians 13:4; II Peter 1:3.