Brad Shotts

I was thinking, if God had a question to ask, what would it be? I mean He’s God – He is all knowing. He’s omnipresent and all-powerful so He doesn’t need to ask any questions, right? But then I thought of one question I’m guessing He’s asked himself over and over since the fall of man: “How do I get them all to love me without interfering with free will?”

Receiving our unconditional love and devotion is the one thing God has always desired of us. He even sacrificed His own Son. He did so to physically lead us to forgiveness and eternal salvation. He had the chronicles of the world from the beginning of creation divinely written so we would all have the exact truth to reference, the Bible. Yet, there are still many who do not believe.

God holds the power to do anything, but one area of importance God has chosen to never do: interfere with our free. will! We all have the ability to freely make every decision concerning our lives. We go where we want, live where we want, do as we want, and love who we want. It’s a powerful gift with tremendous responsibility. Tremendous because every decision we make involves growth, knowledge, and wisdom. Our decisions can also involve detriment and consequences.  

 We can all look back and remember when we did not exercise our free will very well. We have made mistakes in this life. I’ve learned as you have from past mistakes. It is how we become stronger. But we must be careful. Our time here on earth is short. Our time to freely make decisions in life and accomplish things comes rapidly. There is one decision we make in exercising our free will that is of upmost importance, that is, where we choose to spend eternity. We are eternal beings. When our physical body takes its final breath, our eternal souls immediately leave, and we begin our next journey. This is an eternal journey, which means that it never ever ends. The Bible tells us that there are only two destinations after we die. For those who have asked Jesus, the Son of God, to become the Lord of their lives and for forgiveness of their sins, they will spend eternity in heaven, the place where Jesus now dwells along with all those who have placed their trust in Him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

The Bible tells us that those who choose not to believe will live eternally in the lake of fire. Finding God and living for Him is of the most importance. Not only is it important that we find and believe in God, it is equally important we make Him the Lord of our lives. Did you know when you die there is only one thing you take with you? Can you guess what that is? It is what we have done for God! Nothing else is taken and nothing at that point will matter.

Let’s pretend for a moment that when we die, God stacks all we’ve accomplished and felt was important while on earth before us. He then tells us that what remains is only what we accomplished for Him. How much in your life would remain? A lot? Nothing? How much will matter if we have done nothing for God? The last thing we will want is to have lived our entire life and never have accomplished anything for God.

 How are you doing with your gift of free will? Only you and God know the answer. If you need to make changes in your life, it is never too late with God. He is our redeemer, and His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23

Father, thank you that it is never too late for us to come to you. I pray for all those who need to make changes in their life and that you will show them the way and be their strength. Show them your love and forgiving spirit. Create within them a clean heart as they turn their focus on you, Lord. Thank you for making a way when they may have given up all hope. You are our “Way-Maker” and we surrender to your ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Brad Shotts is a member of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie and attends Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, where he serves on the ministry team. He loves serving his community.

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