The wording of my devotions caught my attention this morning. It made me reflect on the importance of free will, of choice, and how God encompasses that into our relationship.
First, in my Jesus Calling, I read the statement “refusing to worry.” It caught my attention as the thought whispered through of what that meant.
I have a choice.
Then I was reading in Romans 6. It discusses how once redeemed by Christ, we are no longer enslaved to sin, but now free under grace, enslaved instead to righteousness. When I got to verse 12, again the wording jumped out…
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
“Let not” again implies – I have a choice.
As I pondered this I realized, I’m still human living in a fallen world. But I now have the power of Christ and help of the Holy Spirit within. Temptations still rise, learned behaviors might still be my norms, the fallen world in which I live will still present opportunities of choice into my life.
But the Spirit now convicts and shows there’s a better way. I am free now to choose my response rather than be controlled by the circumstances around and desired within. I can literally refuse to worry, to allow anxious thoughts to consume my mind. I can choose my actions, leaning on God rather than false comforts and idols.
But I. Must. Choose.
I remember Jesus asking people as he walked the earth, “Do you want to get well?” We have a choice.
Once we accept Christ, we are God’s, a new creation, sealed and fully His. But will we choose to walk in that newness of life? Will we purpose to surrender, to recognize lifestyle habits and patterns of thought that need to be changed? Christ has done the work, but will we choose to live in it?
Romans 6:16-18 states
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
We must choose to accept God’s free gift of grace.
We must choose to align our behaviors and thoughts to God’s perspective.
We must choose.
The enemy doesn’t want us to think there’s a choice. He doesn’t want us to realize there’s another way, a better way, than that which we see in this world, that which we’ve always known. But God has made a way. He has given us His Word so we can know it, see it, study it, and renew our mind with it. He has provided the power – we must make the choice.
I don’t want to ignore the power of the cross. I don’t want to shun that which Jesus paid so much in order to provide. I want to accept what He’s provided and walk in it, intentionally making my choice.
If I don’t choose, I am choosing.
What will be your choice?