First, He Shows You the Evil of Your Sin. The first thing the Holy Spirit does when he comes into a man’s heart is this: he finds him with a very good opinion of himself: and there is nothing which prevents a man coming to Christ like a good opinion of himself. Why, says man, “I don’t want to come to Christ. I am a very good person! I feel I can walk into heaven on my own rights.” The Holy Spirit lays bare his heart, lets him see the loathsome cancer that is there eating away his life, uncovers to him all the blackness and defilement of that sink of hell, the human heart, and then the man stands aghast. “I never thought I was like this. Oh! those sins I thought were little, have swelled out to an immense stature. What I thought was a mole-hill has grown into a mountain; it was but the branch on the wall before, but now it has become a cedar of Lebanon!
Second, He Makes You Despair in Saving Yourself. Oh,” says the man to himself, “I will try and reform; I will do good deeds enough to wash these black deeds out.” Then comes the Holy Spirit and shows him that he cannot do this, takes away all his fancied power and strength, so that the man falls down on his knees in agony, and cries, “Oh! once I thought I could save myself by my good works, but now I find that
“If my tears could ever flow,
If my zeal no respite know,
These for sin could not atone,
You must save and you alone!'”
Third, the Holy Spirit Shows You the Cross. Then the heart sinks and the man is ready to despair. And he says, “I never can be saved. Nothing can save me.” Then, comes the Holy Spirit and shows the sinner the cross of Christ, gives him eyes anointed with heavenly eye-medicine and says, “Look to the cross, that Man died to save sinners; you feel that you are a sinner; he died to save you.” And he enables the heart to believe and to come to Christ. When his heart comes to Christ, by this sweet drawing of the Spirit, it finds “a peace with God which passes all understanding, which keeps his heart and mind through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Convicting us, despairing us, and bringing the only hope; thank God the Holy Spirit for His loving ministry.