God wants you saved, redeemed to the fullest, but your personal decisions are the determining factors.
John 17:12 – While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
It’s up to you. Truly, our God wants to save you to the uttermost, spirit, soul, and body, and bless you now in this life with all things that pertain to life and godliness. As a joint-heir with Christ, the authority and power with which Jesus has been endued has been shared jointly with you, as is the blessing, too. Father withholds no good thing from them who walk uprightly. But that upright walk is up to you. Yes, Holy Spirit has been sent to help you walk that walk to the utmost, but it is your own personal choice as to whether or not you truly endeavor to walk that path. You will not be forced to do so, and neither will you just automatically walk it because you’ve been born again. It is a daily walk by faith, and faith is an act of willful obedience to the Word of God so that Word can be fulfilled in your life. Once again, it’s up to you.
In our previous Second Miler, we read the prayer of Jesus as He called on Father to keep those that had been given to Him. You can be assured that Father answered Jesus’ prayers. Still, we see in that scenario that Judas Iscariot, one who had been chosen by Jesus, walked with Jesus, was anointed and appointed by Jesus, and who went forth fulfilling the anointed works he was sent to do, was ultimately lost. He made his own choice. His betrayal of Jesus was his own choice. His refusal to repent was his own choice. His suicide by hanging was his own choice. It was that series of his own choices that sealed his fate to be lost from the kingdom of God, to lose his ministry (bishopric), and suffer eternal separation from the very Lord he had followed and served. Choices!
You face choices every day. Some may seem so minor; the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the beverage you drink. But there are those that are likewise MAJOR to and extraordinary degree; the amount of time you invest in Scriptures, your prayer time, how you serve others, the words of your mouth, the work of your hands, the thoughts to which you cling. And it is that second group to which I refer. Those decisions will powerfully impact and in many ways even determine the critical choices you make in following and obeying the Word, Will, and Way of the Lord. Surely Father stands prepared to keep you if you will only keep yourself.
Manna for Today – John 17; Romans 10:6-17; Joel 3:14; 2 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Peter 1:2-4; 1 John 5:18