“Yes and no” was my response when Stan asked me if I thought I could do whatever I want.
“Why did you answer that way?” he asked.
“Yes, I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, because I have the free will do do so,” was my response.
“Without any limits?” he asked.
“That’s the ‘no’ part of my answer. ‘Yes’, without limits, but ‘no’ from the standpoint of wanting to avoid the consequences that may flow from the ‘yes’ part.”
“Who do you think guides you in your decisions?” Stan asked.
“Depends on who I am listening to at the time.”
“If I am listing to myself, spouting off selfish wants, I am more apt to do whatever that self-focused being is ranting about.”
“But if I am listening to the voice of God within me through His Holy Spirit, the exact opposite is the result.”
“You are right,” said Stan. The Holy Spirit is called the ‘Helper’ and the ‘Counselor’ for very good reasons. If a person will choose to listen to Him, what that person is and does is totally opposite of listening to the voice of self.”
“One of the consequences of listing to and following self is an interruption in the fellowship with God, and that is not a good thing!”
“It’s all about choice, isn’t it?” I asked.
“Yes. God did not create a race of unthinking robots who are programmed to do whatever He wants. He knows what He wants each one of His children to be and to do, but He wants us to choose Him and His way. He wants us to exercise our free will to choose Him.”
“When a person chooses to belong to God, and then chooses to walk his own path away from God, God will move heaven an earth to come along side of that person to lead him or her back to the lighted path.”
“Have you ever experienced that?” I asked.
“More times than I want to admit, but He is so faithful in showing me that I am His and no longer my own. He leads. The question is whether I will follow!”
You are not you own for you have been bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that I am not longer my own because I have accepted the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross. You know how often I want to be my own by following my own selfish desires. You know and I know. I need and ask for your help in truly choosing to be yours in every aspect of my being. Amen.