“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out…And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”
John 6:37, 39
What beautiful, unwavering confidence we can have in our Savior, that whoever comes to Him, He has declared He will never cast out. He doesn’t state this conditionally. So our family background, our personal history, our current struggles—none of that is a deciding factor in Christ’s acceptance of us. The deciding factor is our coming to Him.
Like the prodigal son, who squandered his inheritance and lost himself in sin and wickedness, then upon returning home in search of a servant’s position found his father watching for him and running to meet him with joy and forgiveness. This is the response of Christ when we turn away from our sin and come to Him. Joy, forgiveness, and the clothing of righteousness. Not because our sin doesn’t matter, but because His sacrifice is powerful enough to cover it and His resurrection is powerful enough to give us new life that lasts forever.
This assurance carries us beyond that initial choosing to believe in and follow Christ; it applies to the sin we get trapped in as believers. All of us fail at times. But may this give us confidence to come back to our Lord, knowing He will not cast us out. He will lose nothing of all that has been given to Him. Please understand, this isn’t a free pass to simply do what we want without consequences—we must always strive to live in a manner worthy of our calling and to glorify and honor the God to whom we have surrendered our life. Rather, it is the assurance that even in those moments of weakness, He will not abandon us. This gives us the confidence to follow Him resolutely. It drives out the fear that one day we’ll go too far and He will leave us. Our obedience is out of love and hope in Christ, it is out of trust in our God, rather than out of fear.
Once we come to Jesus, He is with us to the end of the ages. In His power, He will raise us up on the last day—that day when His work in us is completed and we are presented before His throne, blameless and perfect, to the glory of God the Father. “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Our Lord will complete the work He has begun. His purposes in you will be perfectly fulfilled, to the praise of His glorious grace, which saw you in the darkness of sin and drew you out, not only offering forgiveness, but cleansing you from all unrighteousness and making you a vessel to shine His light among the nations.