I believe that God created us all with one thing we could control. We control our decisions or choices, better known as ‘free will’. I personally like choice, so I am going to stick with that from here on end. The reason I find this so interesting is whatever we do or don’t do hinges upon the choice we make. For me this is the hardest thing for people to accept. We all can acknowledge our choices until it comes to being obedient to the God who made us.
Think of this: we go to either heaven or hell based on our choice to receive and believe Him or not. That’s it. If we truly believe then we take action. We choose to repent and make that choice over and over. Some say things like, “but what about all of the people who make the wrong choice, why do they have to go to hell?” I feel for them. But I do not see this as a reason not to believe.
I also get the, “what about the people who have not heard the Gospel” objection too. To this I say, if you care so much, then why are you wasting time talking to me. Go and make disciples. I know it is not this simple, but I am trying to get to my point. My point is if you really think about God’s plan in its totality, you will see what I see. Perfect love is one that is able to choose to do so. If we choose this perfect love with the One True Living God, then we are on the side of light. We will not face eternal death. If we choose to not choose, we’ve chosen. If we choose to reject Him, well, you get it. There is only one way to avoid hell. But why think of it that way?
I think of life like this. I do not believe I am some cosmic accident. So, where did I come from? I believe we came from an all knowing, all powerful God. Since we came from Him, why live any other way than how He originally created us to live? To me, anything else is illogical. I mean, seriously, if Adam had never sinned would we even know death? Would we know pain? Would we know sickness? Would we have AIDS? Imagine if sin never entered into the world. We would not want for anything and live for Him in daily worship. To me the only good thing about sin entering the world is we know the difference and can appreciate how much better God’s plan is.
Heaven is not some fantasy. It is how we were originally supposed to live. Our purpose for being here is to worship a holy and righteous God. Why then, if you choose not to live for Him on earth, do you deserve His heaven?
What if you have a family member that comes over and eats all of your food without replacing it or asking, is that fair? Would you invite them to your house again? Better yet, let’s say they have done this for years and eventually you say, “Look, you either have to start buying groceries to help or you cannot come over any longer!” I know this is not on the same scale at all, but you get my point, right? Eventually, if people have made it plain they are not lining up with a good thing, like fellowship with the family you intervene.
Now, think of where we are in the world. We see every single desire God had for us being shunned for our own selfish desires. We sleep with who we want when we want. We kill if need be. Some of us believe we are basically good, yet in our hearts do not desire to follow God all the way. It is OK not to seek Him all the way as long as we measure up to the world’s standard of a good person. This standard is based on emotions, unlike God’s holy word. Emotions change, but He has never changed His standard. But the saddest thing for me is that most people I know, who are not followers of the Christ in truth, are not sure what to believe. Well, I am a firm believer that God calls and if you choose to not answer, then as much as I love you, you will not be with Him once He comes back.
His love is perfect and where that begins is choice to love Him without force. I believe that Jesus will come back to claim His thrown. When He does, as much as I love my family and friends, I cannot force you to love Him. He won’t either.