Do you believe it is necessary to be drawn to the Lord? If so, how does it happen? Is there a mysterious force or urge that bubbles up in you? To find the answer, look to what the Bible says.
Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me” (Jn. 6:44, 45). Thus, one is taught when he or she has heard and learned. Then one is drawn to the Lord by this teaching; he comes to Jesus.
In this process, there is no unexplained urge or experience. Simply put, the religion of Christ is a taught religion. This is why He commanded His disciple to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15). For example, the Ephesians trusted in the Lord after they heard the gospel (Eph. 1:13).
Those who depend on feelings stand on shaky ground (Jer. 10:23). The men of Matthew 7:21-23 felt like they had a firm relationship with the Lord, but were turned away. Yes, they did many things in service to Christ, but did not do it according to the Father’s will. They did not “hear” and “learn.” They did what they felt was right. Do not be like these men. Rather, turn to the Word of God and let it teach you what you must do to be drawn to the Lord (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16).