Are we predestined to do what we do? Are there only a select few that shall be saved?
Are we in complete control of our circumstances? Able to be stronger and smarter than God himself?
I am not sure.
If there is a select few, what is the point of sharing you faith? Everyone who is going to be saved is going to be saved. If I don’t do it, someone else will; am I going to stop God? Can one man change God’s plan? And that means that there are some out there that are not chosen to be saved. Who can’t be saved? It does say in the Bible that He has chosen us before the foundation of the world and that we are predestined to be adopted into His family (Eph. 1:4-5).
Then again, if we are not a predestined group of people saved, and I don’t share with anyone about the saving grace of Jesus’ blood, I have basically kept salvation from them. It says in the bible that when a watchman on the wall sees the enemy coming and does not sound the alarm and wakes the city – the blood of the whole city is on his hands (Ezekiel 33:1-6).
So, where does that leave us?
I read a quote in a book that said this:
“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.”
Being guilted into proselytize is wrong, and that isn’t my point. My point is that it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that you were saved since before you were born or that you made the choice on that sunday after the sermon. You are saved – and we don’t need to know if the guy on the bus is on God’s “master list of the saved” or if he is not. It doesn’t matter if it is all on you to lead him to Christ.
The truth that action is still required.
I am not saying that you need to go out and talk to everyone. I am saying that action is required. Do whatever feels right with you and Christ, but do something.
You sow the seeds..God decides where they will fall and if they will grow..
Mark 4:14-20 🙂
“God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, pre-destination, and the divine sovereignity. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to look to heaven and proclaim, “O Lord, Thou knowest.” Those things belong to the deep and mysterious profound of God’s omniscienc. Prying into them will make theologians but it will never make better saints.
from The Pursuit Of God
Amen! I love Tozer. 🙂
Faith requires action.
i agree with amy. and…. i didn’t see you this weekend. 🙁
what is “you would say that’ supposed to mean? *suspicious sideways glance* are you plotting against me?
But doesn’t it make for interesting conversations if we can discuss it without getting upset?