One of the best visual illustrations of freewill can found in the last book of the Bible. While on the Island of Patmos, John compares freewill to a door with a special feature. This door does not have a handle on God’s side. Thus, God can call and knock, hoping individuals will hear His voice, but only you can let God in.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me, Revelation 3:20.
Unfortunately, disobedience is a common response to God’s calling. According to the apostle Paul, people have a tendency to set their hearts and minds on the flesh. Those who become distracted by the world regularly ignore, reject or put God on hold. Jesus warned his followers of falling into this pattern, referring to a broad road that leads to destruction. Moses in his farewell address simplifies this concept by proclaiming that each day individuals have the opportunity to select life or death by the choices you make.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires, Romans 8:5.
Fortunately, those who mess up by sinning are given a second chance. Lamentations 3 provides a promise for those longing for forgiveness as God’s grace is available day after day. Therefore, when you utilize freewill, opting for disobedience over obedience, there is hope for those who are facing destruction. Yet, God is not holding your hand, forcing you to do what is right. The choice is yours. In view of this, lean of God’s mercy the next time you fall down, followed by acts of contrition as a sign of penance. Choose wisely.
by Jay Mankus