Galatians 5:16-18 from the Message...
"My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?"
The power to choose. It is the gift from God that enables true relationship with Him. I was recently reminded of the movie "The Stepford Wives". In the movie the men are able to program their wives to fulfill all their wishes without any challenge or conflict or waiting. The men's wives in essence became beautiful robots that exist only to the obey the wishes of the husbands. In the end the men realized that they got all their wishes met but lost the capacity for real relationship with the woman they loved.
God has given us as humans the power to choose or reject him. With any choice there is a consequence. I can choose to have ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we all know that if I did that there will be consequences to my choice. True relationship requires freedom of choice. When I chose to marry my wife and build real intimacy, I gave up the choice to pursue intimate relationships with other women. If I choose to break that trust there are painful consequences. True relationship requires the power to choose, and choices must have consequence.
When we are born, we have a nearly unlimited number and variety of choices in front of us as we begin this life. In one sense, time is the limiter of the variety and number of choices we have. In Gods wisdom, as time ticks by our variety and number of choices begin to erode and amount of choices ahead of us are spent as we face each day and determine the direction of our life.
It is like we start life with a giant funnel, at it widest point (the beginning of our life) filled with the maximum amount of choices possible to us. As we progress through life we select choices and at each juncture eliminate others until at the moment before death,(provided life isn't taken from you suddenly) there is only one possible choice left. To accept Christ as your savior or not. Do you choose to enter the next life in his presence with your sin debt paid or do you reject his payment and choose to take your chances, refusing to the very last to live in the absence of his presence.
If you have spent your entire life choosing at every opportunity to avoid God's gift of his presence and payment, and he hasn't forced himself on you during this lifetime, what makes you think he will force you to accept his presence in the afterlife and call it love? Would a man who forces marriage on a woman who has rejected him be considered loving under any circumstance? And could realistically expect her to love him in return? God will never force himself on you. He will only extend his love and wait for you...until time runs out. If in your last breath you reject him he will give you what you choose, the next life without him. This is hell. Life without the presence of God.
Psalm 14:1, The fool says in his heart there is no God.
Sometimes the moment of death is so quick that the final opportunity to choose was yesterday. Why would you want to put off such an important choice until the last possible minute and risk missing the chance? Don't let your pride control you...
How many choices do you think you have left?
Why do humans avoid making this decision?
What is the most important decision you are facing right now?
What will be the impact of that decision 100 years from now?
Fight! Every. Day.