THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOICES
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.
What a far-reaching prayer this is!
God gave man a wonderful and terrifying gift when He created him – the gift of choice. In this gift of free will lies every person’s destiny, and the justice of God’s justice lies in every choice we make. Let me explain.
Every choice we make has consequences and every consequence follows our choices. God’s justice is that He gives us exactly what we choose.
We have examples in Scripture of how this works. When Moses went to Pharaoh with God’s instruction to release His people, Pharaoh had a choice, to let them go or to refuse. Moses warned him of the consequences but he still refused to let them go.
Five times Pharaoh hardened his heart and five times God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. Pharaoh persistently chose to disobey God, and God confirmed his choice and gave him the consequences of his choice. He lost his firstborn son and eventually his army in the Red Sea because he said, “No,” in spite of the plagues God released on his people.
The New Testament also tells us how this principle works. In Romans 1:18ff, Paul records how God reacts to people who refuse to acknowledge Him and choose to worship idols. Twice in that passage Paul says, “God gave them over…” In other words, God says to them, “I will give you exactly what you have chosen…and all the consequences that go with it.”
When unbelievers ignore what God has said and refuse to heed His warnings, they set the course of their own destiny. How true was Jesus’ prayer, “They do not know what they are doing!” How can anyone know where their choices will lead them? The scariest of all is that people will be doing forever what they choose to do now but with the torment of remorse and regret.
For the believer, our choices determine the level of our fellowship with the Father now and our function in the life to come. From the moment we believe, we are learning to be sons. It was as a son that Jesus carried out the Father’s will and fulfilled His mission on earth. He was given the highest name and elevated to the highest position because of His obedience as a son.
As we journey towards mature sonship, our choices will determine how we fulfil the Father’s will for us. According to John “The world and its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out – but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” (1 John 2: 17: The Message)
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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