Invitation from the Lord
Men are so locked in sin that they cannot see the light. They are blind to their own helplessness, Ephesians 4:17-19. Unless the Father takes the first step, His children are unable to reach Him. The process begins with an invitation from the Lord, Matthew 11:28. Following that initial move, humans must [sit] at His feet and learn from Him, Matthew 11:29,20. A receptive heart is required, John 6:45. God draws. Men come. No one is rejected, John 6:37. The welcome mat is out. The hungry are fed. The thirsty receive water. The weary find rest. Still many turn back and no longer follow Him, John 6:66. Jesus wanted them to stay, John 6:67. But few of them recognized that He alone possessed the words of eternal life, John 6:68,69.
—Ed Mathews, “Plow New Ground”