By Ron Thomas
If I were to choose you for an assignment, does my choice of you demand that you comply with it? Of course not! Yet, that is what some think must be the case in Scripture when God makes a choice.
Consider the Lord’s choice of Jeremiah (1:4-8). Jeremiah was reluctant, thought he did not have what it took to embrace the Lord’s assignment. The Lord reassured him, but also warned him if he failed to take on the task given him (1:17-19), implying that he could very well refuse Him who called.
The apostle Paul understood this when he stood before Rome’s legal authority and said to the king, “Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19) or, in other words, he could have chosen to be disobedient. The word “disobedient” implies free will. “Today if ye shall hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation” (Heb. 3:15). Choose wisely.
- Ron Thomas preacher for the Sunrush Church of Christ, Chillicothe, OH. He may be contacted through the congregation's website. http://sunrushchurchofchrist.com/