Paul argued that if our hope in Christ was only for this life; then, we are the saddest people in the world (I Corinthians 15: 9). We are being fooled to live as if there is no tomorrow or a hereafter (I Corinthians 15:32-33). The longing for security is an endless endeavor. We are experiencing presently how fragile material security is. For the Christians, Christ has bridged that uncertainly and warranted a lasting security that begins in this life and continues in the other.
Jesus made this promise, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:27-30; KJ).
What is surprising is that Jesus regarded His followers as a gift of God. God, the Father, gave these sheep to the Son. The Father drew and prepared them to hear Jesus calling and follow and live with and for Him (John 6:44-45; 65). Unless the Father draws and enables us to follow and obey Christ, then Christ cannot grant us security. How do we know when we are being drawn and enabled? This is when God’s Spirit begins to tug at our conscience and reminds us of our need to correct and improve (John 16:5-15). Should we reach a point or a time when we are no longer being convicted; then, it is time to fall on our knees and beg the Lord to draw and renew us again. Otherwise, Jesus cannot keep us in His hand (John 6:39).