One of the first gifts God gave to man was that of free choice. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
God takes no delight in robots. He never violates man’s free will. He will lovingly convict through the Holy Spirit (2), but the choice is ours after the options are presented. Will we decide to be constrained by love (3), to abide in the vine (4), and to take up our cross (5)? Will our choice stop short of obedience unto death (6)? Will we count everything as dung that we might gain Christ, the One Who was despised and rejected (7)? We must make up our minds each day whom we will serve (8).
Remember – we are a product of our decisions. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).