For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10
Life brings lessons into our lives that come with free will. We can choose to be victor or the victim.
If I start saving $50.00 on a biweekly basis, I could easily have $1,300.00 by next year September. We all have choices in life. We can choose to have children, or choose not to. We can choose to marry, or be single. We can also choose to serve God, or to disobey His will. God’s will is that we are saved.
Free will is the human ability to choose the outcome in different circumstances. God gives us the opportunity to make choices because these decisions affect our destiny! We may not be able to change God’s purpose, but we choose the details (aka destiny). In church we clap and yell amen when we hear that God predestined us to walk in His path. And by all means, this is true to a certain extent.
Free will is limited by nature: we do not choose the family we are born into, we do not choose our physical attributes and we don’t choose our purpose. The Bible is clear that we have the ability to choose, and we we also have the responsibility to make decisions in wisdom.
We do not choose our family, but we choose how we deal with those relationships. We may not choose our physical attributes, but we can work out and change our muscular shape or choose to have surgery and alter the shape of our eyes, our noses, our breasts, etc. Different results come from the different choices we make!
Will God judge you for desiring a different nose? Maybe, maybe not… I believe it depends on the motive or intention behind that desire. Usually, in the Bible and in life we learn that some things deserve punishment or praise: but this is not always the case. If I decide to put aside money for my future, sacrifice friendships or undergo an abortion: I believe that God can only judge me. In the moment those friends I release, or avoid may consider me an evil person for acting selfishly and breaking their hearts. I may be saddened for having to sacrifice my social life, in order to buy that house or business location in 10 years. And maybe if someone decides to have an abortion for whatever reason, those who believe that fetuses are children- will condemn us. If there was no free will, then we would be guilty of for any and every thing.
We have free will, but we are also responsible for what we choose to do. This is true even in matters of salvation. Salvation is God’s work but we are responsible to align our motives, desires, and actions to God’s character and will. I believe firmly in the grace of God, and that He is just. He will give to each of us according to what we have done according to our hearts motives and intentions.
Life happens to us, but we choose how we respond. Choose wisely, and hold on to God’s peace.
Lord God, we thank you for the things we are responsible for. We are in a partnership with you, and today I ask for your tender mercies to be extended to us as we make decisions that may seem hard now but will be beneficial in our future. I pray for forgiveness for any decision which may be outside of your will, or contrary to your word. I plead the blood of Jesus over all of us who may be facing decision making challenges. I ask you for abundance of peace and deep certainty that we have chosen that which will bless us in the long run. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.