Alone among earthly creatures, humans have the ability to think, to reason, to plan ahead, to make complex decisions, to analyze and to love as no other creature can love.
We can never attain the full character of God. We are human, mortal, after all. And we are tainted by the Sin of Adam.
One aspect of our faith that many of us struggle with is “Free Will.” How can an all-knowing, omnipresent, timeless God know our destiny and at the same time give us Free Will?
God wants us to come to Him not because we have no choice, but willingly. And this is the very basis of Free Will.
We too often confuse “Free Will” with the ability to make decisions. We make decisions in virtually everything we do. “Paper or plastic?” “Fries with that?” These are examples of the very trivial decisions we make all the time.
Much more important and life-impacting decisions are “Whom shall I marry?,” “What career shall I follow?,” or “Will I have children?”
When we dig down a bit, all of these decisions and the thousands of others we make each week are or should be influenced by our personal relationship to God.
However, the exercise of “Free Will” comes down to only one basic decision.
“Do I accept and love Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior?”
“If you love Me, you will follow My commands.”
When we truly accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we become “a new creation.” Our hearts are changed, our minds (and decision-making processes) change. All of our decisions, whether major or trivial, are driven to glorify the Father and the Son. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is guiding everything that we do.
So, Free Will is really not some mysterious, complicated concept. Its simple!
Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
If you truly do, the rest will follow.
If you don’t well, you’re on your own.
My sincere thanks to Bruce who brought me this ah-ha moment!
Alive in The Word