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Within the Christian faith, we understand that an individual will not come to God on their own. The depravity of mankind and the lost condition of their spiritual state prevents everyone from having a desire to love and serve or even an interest in God until God intervenes.

So, what can cause a person to want to know more about God? They must be drawn to Him as they would not have the faith to come to Jesus unless God first places the desire in their heart. Whenever anyone is compelled to reach out to God, we know the Holy Spirit is tugging on their heartstrings with a process known as spiritual conviction.

This is when the Lord intervenes and awakens our conscience so we can see our lost condition and desperate need to be transformed into a new spiritual creation. The purpose of Jesus coming to earth and agreeing to go through the crucifixion and resurrection was so that all who believe in God could have this opportunity to be rescued from a hopeless spiritual state and be transformed into a member of His family. His body was the only acceptable sacrifice and His blood is the only payment that can pay for the sins of those who love Him.

He was sinless, and it is that pure and holy offering of love which opened the door to our spiritual redemption. In short, He died so that we could live. It’s true, we are all sinners, but there is a difference between the lost sinner and the saved sinner. The lost sinner has never been transformed into a new spiritual identity, while the saved sinner is progressing and developing as they allow God to teach them how to live for Him.

There is a general or universal call and is also commonly referred to as the gospel call which is made available to anyone whenever the message of Jesus is proclaimed. This invitation of grace does not discriminate and is conditional upon the person accepting His offer. Luke 14:23 says, “Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’ ” In addition, there is also an effectual call where God selects and pursues a particular person at a certain time and is not conditional on the human will.

There is a considerable amount of disagreement between God electing people to His salvation and the human choice to accept Him as Lord. Nonetheless, it’s clear that He provides the process, supplies the faith, and is the only one who has the authority to deliver us from sin and transform our spirit. In both aspects of these callings we are overwhelmed with God’s love and mercy and are reminded in John 3:3 that in order to know God and have eternal life we must be born again. “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a person be born again, they cannot see the kingdom of God.” God loves you today and wants to save you and give you eternal life.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13.

Billy Holland writes a weekly column for HD Media. Visit billyhollandministries.com.