And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me (Jesus) unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”John 6:65
There are other versions that have the word enabled in place of granted. What does that look like? To be enabled by God to enter a relationship with Jesus. I researched this verse and apparently, it’s called divine enablement. It all centers around one theme, grace. Divine enablement is God showing us grace and allowing us to enter a relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
It seems kind of complicated, even unnecessary, huh?
For me, this brings another question to mind, does the Bible ever seem boring to read? I hope you’re okay with me asking that. I find myself struggling sometimes to be engaged in reading the Bible. It would have been easy for me to have read John 6:65 and simply shrug it off or chalk it up to “Bible speak.” I could have had the mindset that somehow some way it doesn’t matter what that verse means because I’m already a Christian and in a relationship with Christ.
It’s in those moments when I stop myself and reevaluate. How do I become a better Christian each day? One thing that is critically important is to never stop being curious. Curious faith is child-like faith, and that is what we are called to have. It’s good for us to do some research, to evaluate scripture and really figure out what it means instead of assuming it doesn’t pertain to us.
See, for me, this was a lesson about grace and faith. God is gracious but rather than just saying it, now I have verse for future reference. I have a place to turn to and say, God you are gracious because you have enabled me to enter a relationship with Jesus, thanks for that. And faith is never something I want to take for granted. I want to constantly be evaluating my faith and realigning it with what is good and right. I want to maintain a curious, child-like spirit.
This week, will you find a verse and research it? Will you assess your faith and be honest with yourself? This does not have to be some monumental challenge or exploration. I find it to be a healthy practice, a good way to check in.
Let me know how it goes!