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7/26/18

Never Cast Out

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
John 6.37

Sometimes doubts creep into our hearts. Years ago, as I was studying Scripture, I was shocked by how often the Bible talked about God choosing who would come to Jesus. This left me wondering whether or not God chose me. How could I know if God chose me? This led to all kinds of spinning thoughts in my head. For example, I would get stuck thinking, “If God didn't choose me, and yet I gave my life to Jesus, would I be rejected by God?” Over the years, I have read others who have had similar experiences as mine. I have also talked to many others who have wrestled in a similar way. I don't know if you have wrestled with this or if you will, but John 6.37 gave me a way out of my spinning and fitful thoughts and doubts.

The first part of verse 37 emphasizes the choosing aspect of the Father. But the second part of Jesus’ teaching is what helped me out of my spinning. Jesus says, “…whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” It is here that I started to find rest. Jesus simply and clearly said, “and all you come to me, I will never cast out.” Jesus didn't say, “Try to figure out if you are chosen by God.” Instead, he said “…come to me, and I will never cast you out.” Here my heart rested, because I didn't have to figure out if the Father had chosen me, rather I just needed to come to Jesus, whole-heartedly trusting that he would never cast me out.

Maybe you'll never fight this doubt or wrestle in the same way I, and others have; that's a great gift! But you may wrestle with whether you will be accepted by God, even though you have repeated sins in your life or because you have failed in a big way, or you may doubt because of difficulties in your life that make you feel like you have been abandoned by God. Jesus' words are the same, “come to me, and I will never cast you out.” Come to Jesus. Come with your whole heart. Come to him, and he will never cast you out.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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