“I have given you a land for which you did not labor; and cities which you did not build and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’ “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The Gift of Free Will
All throughout scripture it is clear that we have been given a great gift by God. That gift is the gift of free will. God has unconditionally granted us with our own right to choose. He has entrusted us with this gift so that we may choose to live according to His standards and not the standards of the world. God, without force, affords us the opportunity to willingly be a living sacrifice, just as Jesus Christ was, so that we may be evidence of the will of God. In Romans 12:1-2, Paul pleads with us to rely on the mercies of God in pursuing this feat, which is the least we can do in light of all that has been done for us. He further admonishes us to be renewed spiritually in our mind that we may not be like the world, but that we may prove what God’s will for the world is.
The Initial Choice
The common mistake that many people make is that God is waiting for us to choose Him. However, the fact is that God has already chosen us and is waiting for us to accept being chosen. With this acceptance, we allow God’s will to be fulfilled and we open up a world of promises that come with being the accepted and beloved in Christ Jesus. In this, glory belongs to God and not to things of the flesh, or of human nature. Ephesians 1:3-6 states “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”