The Whole Picture

The Whole Picture

If you are like me, you enjoy seeing the “back story” involved in the making or development of a product, food or form of entertainment.  I find it really interesting to see all the steps involved in something being developed before we actually get to receive  or enjoy the finished product.  For several years in high school and college I worked for an ice company.  You know, those delivery trucks full of bags or blocks of ice headed to the nearest gas station?  Yep, that was me for 3 or 4 summers.  When I wasn’t on the road however, I was the one responsible for making sure we plenty of block ice available. And yes, there was quite a process involved in having blocks of ice up to 100 lbs ready for various customers.  Now when I see ice for sale I am very much acquainted with the work involved in getting that bag of ice on a store’s shelf.

In a similar way, with much more obvious importance, there is also a back story involved with someone coming to salvation.  When people ask us to give our testimony, for example when getting baptized or joining a church, we usually will just give a quick summary of how we heard the gospel and what led us to respond to the invitation to trust Christ.  For example, someone might say that a co-worker witnessed to them for years and then they responded to the invitation at a church service.  However, that really isn’t the whole story, is it?

As you read through John 6 we see salvation being told from both man’s perspective, i.e. believing in Christ for salvation, but also from God’s perspective as well.  In verse 44 we read, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”  This verse, and other’s like it, have been the subject of debate among theologians for many years.  No matter where one falls on the Calvinism/Sovereign Grace debate, you can’t get around the fact that no one comes to Christ unless the Father draws him.  In other words, in order to tell the whole story of our own salvation testimony, there needs to be an acknowledgement of God’s working and drawing in our lives.  We didn’t come to Christ based on our own wisdom or understanding.  No, God had to be the one doing the work in our lives.  Romans 12:3 teaches that even the faith we exercised toward God in salvation is in itself a gift from God.  May we be eternally grateful today for His working in our lives that resulted in our salvation.

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