Our desires must be changed, transformed, renewed. We must be made to desire the things of God, to desire forgiveness, and righteousness. Before we can respond to the call of salvation the Lord must change our deepest desires. We cannot come to him on our own, in the depths of our sin, because we have no desire to do so. John 6:44 says, No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. John 6:65 says, No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father. The Lord changes our desires, and then we can come to Him, responding to the call of Salvation because we now desire forgiveness and righteousness.
This act of God, by which he changes our desires, and gives us spiritual life is called regeneration. We cannot take any credit for our salvation, but neither can we take any credit for even our desire of salvation. Regeneration is the complete work of a sovereign God. Oh, what joy, to know that Christ saw fit to change my deepest desires that I might come before Him on my knees, begging for His restoring touch!
This is only the first part of the call of salvation. Our desires have now been changed, and we have the ability to respond to the call of God to salvation. I will explore the actual call of salvation in a later post.