___Do you like science fiction stories? Ones with robots? The typical android in such
stories thinks on its own, right? However, real robots are typically programmed to do
exactly what the creators or owners want them to do. Period.
___But what about us? Unlike robots, God created us as living, thinking, feeling beings
with "free will." That means we have the freedom to make our own choices, be they good
___Now, keep in mind that God didn't have to create us. He could have kept all His
power to himself. Instead, He chose to create His very own children to love and to
bless…..real children, not robots who had no choice but to do His will (John 1:12). And
God wants us to love Him back. He wants what is best for us. However, although the
Lord is very powerful, He will not force us to love Him back or to obey Him. That would
just be fake love and empty obedience. He shows us in the Bible the way we should go.
The Lord hopes very much we will choose the right way, knowing it is for our own good
(Deu 10:13). But He won’t force us.
___And the Lord wants His beloved children to eventually come live with Him in heaven.
Our joy there will far exceed even our happiest times on earth and accepting Jesus is the
only way to get there (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Did you know when people reject Jesus and
therefore choose not to join the Lord in heaven, it breaks His heart? Still, God will not
take that choice away from us. The Lord hopes very much we will choose Jesus and join
Him in heaven, knowing we will be supremely happy there. But He won’t force us.
___So, unlike programmed robots, God gave you a magnificent brain and the ability to
decide for yourself. Will you CHOOSE to love the Lord who loves you? Will you
CHOOSE to do what He says is best for you? And since heaven with the Lord will be far
better than the best things we can even imagine (1 Cor 2:9), wouldn’t it make sense to
CHOOSE to believe in Jesus--the only person who can get us there?
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave
the right to become children of God--
John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command."
Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to
indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Additional Reference Verses
Deu 10:13 . . . observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today
for your own good?
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me."
Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved."
1 Cor 2:9 . . . "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has
prepared for those who love him."
"So if the Son sets you
free, you will be free
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