Have you ever thought of yourself as being dragged by God?
Dragged to conformity to the image of Christ?
Dragged to heaven?
Few of us do.
In John 6:44 NAS Christ announces, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…”
The Greek word for draws is elkusē and means literally “to drag.”
In other words, Christ said that no one can come to Him unless the the Father drags him.
Quite a paradigm buster that little word.
Elkusē goes directly to the overwhelming, irresistible grace which flows like a tsumnami from the unconditional New Covenant in Christ.
Remembering the meaning of that verb is pivotal in carrying a realistic view of ourselves as we learn progressively to surrender moment by moment and live, move and have our being in Christ.
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you
He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
For the Lord has chosen [the descendants of] Jacob for Himself, Israel for His peculiar possession and treasure.
For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.
For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased
1 Thessalonians 1:4
[O] brethren beloved by God, we recognize and know that He has selected (chosen) you;
1 Thessalonians 5:24
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
They will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings–and those with Him and on His side are chosen and called [elected] and loyal and faithful followers.