When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this.
I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths [the doctrines of sovereign, overcoming grace] in my own soul — when they were, as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron, and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown, on a sudden, from a babe into a man — that I had made progress in Scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, that clue to the truth of God.
One weeknight… the thought struck me, “How did you come to be a Christian?”
[My reply:] “I sought the Lord.”
“But how did you come to seek the Lord?”
The truth flashed across my mind in a moment — “I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him.”
“I prayed,” thought I, but then I asked myself, “How came I to pray?” “I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures.” “How came I to read the Scriptures?” “I did read them, but what led me to do so?”
Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.”
— Charles H. Spurgeon