Do we have a choice?
“I will not!” the son said when his father told him to go work in the vineyard. But later he changed his mind and went (Matthew 21:28-29).
When did he exercise his own free will? Both times: in choosing to rebel and in choosing to comply.
God has given us a free will. He pleads with us to do His will but never forces the issue. It’s always our choice.
Have we chosen what Jesus chose?
Jesus willingly submitted His own will to His Father’s will (John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38)—even when it meant the cross (Matthew 26:36-46).
No wonder Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven . . .” (Matthew 7:21).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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