"I Will Never Cast Out"
In chapter 6 of Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortland tells us about John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, which next to the Bible, is history’s best-selling book.
Bunyan also wrote another book based on John 6:37. In this verse, Jesus says, “All that the Father gives to me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Much of Bunyan’s book, Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ, is fixated on the last phrase of this verse, “and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Bunyan said that this promise “cuts the throat of all objections.” And oh, how we need it. We are limitless in our capacity to perceive of reasons for Jesus to cast us out.
Can you relate to this internal doubt and conversation that Ortland gives voice to?
“No wait” - we say, cautiously approaching Jesus - “you don’t understand. I’ve really messed up, in all kinds of ways.”
I know, he responds.
“You know most of it, sure. Certainly, more than what others see. But there is perversity down inside me that is hidden from everyone.”
I know it all.
“Well - the thing is, it just isn’t my past. It is my present too.”
“But I don’t know if I can break free of this anytime soon.”
That’s the only kind of person I am here to help.
“The burden is heavy – and heavier all the time.”
Then let me carry it.
“It is too much to bear.”
Not for me.
“You don’t get it. My offenses aren’t directed toward others. They’re against you.”
Then I am the one most suited to forgive them.
“But the more of the ugliness in me you discover, the sooner you will get fed up with me.”
Whoever comes to me I will never cast out
What objections are you inclined to raise to the love of God for you? What lies of the enemy do you hear in your mind that cause you to question this wonderful promise - “I will never cast out.” If you come to Jesus, no objection to his faithful love will stand.
Here is a song someone sent me this week that speaks of the wonderful love of God. I hope it encourages you like it did me.