God’s Will but Your Choice
In John 17:4 Jesus stated in prayer to the Father.. “ I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
That statement reveals that God had a definite plan for Jesus’ life, that He could and did know what that plan was, and that it was Jesus’ sole intent to complete it.
What that speaks to us is that we’re not here by accident or by happenstance. God has a unique plan for every one of us – in that you can be completely sure! The question then is whether we will live in accordance to our will or His will?
How then do we deal with the issue of freewill? If God has a plan for my life, do I have any choice in the matter? Yes, you have the freewill, or the ability to choose either to embrace God’s plan or to reject it (which is the same thing as ignoring His will). It is completely your choice. However, let me explain what I call the flaw of freewill.
In Luke 22:42 Jesus prayed ” 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”. This prayer reveals two truths we must bear to mind… first.. God’s will is not automatic. You must participate in His will for your life. You can reject God’s will and His plan for your life. Jesus was no made to accept His Father’s will, He could have rejected it. Second, that just because there is an alternative choice, doesn’t mean that there is a viable choice. All choices are framed within context. Context is the framing of the choice.. the important details that shines the light of understanding upon such choices and the truth of their consequences.
In Luke 22 Jesus could have indeed rejected the bitter cup of death by crucifixion for which He was unjustly and wrongfully accused. However, the context of that choice meant that mankind would forever be alienated from God by sin. Doomed by the curse of death. Acceptance of God will for His life meant an appointment to the agony and plain of the cross to bear the penalty of all the sin of mankind. His obedience to God’s will brought us redemption, justification, and righteousness.
So, understand this.. God has a plan and a will for your life. To accept His will is a life of peace, joy, fulfillment, intimate relationship with Him and the blessed assurance of a never ending life in His presence. To reject His lordship over your life is a life devoid of real joy, purpose, and meaning. In that context . is this really a choice?
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