“9 Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God. 10 Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.” -Deuteronomy 27:9-10
God chooses us before we ever choose him. This was true of Israel and remains true today.
I remember once reading Charles Spurgeon’s thoughts on this issue who shared that when he first came to faith in Christ, he thought he had chosen Jesus. But as he matured in his understanding of the Bible, he realized he would have never chosen Jesus unless Christ had first put the desire in his heart.
Interestingly, when we become people of God, he calls us to live differently. We are no longer the same. In Old Testament times, living differently meant to follow the law as closely as possible. Yet Christians live under a new covenant where we are no longer under law but under grace. Yet the same transforming principle remains in effect. We are called by God, call out to him, and then follow his calling.Today, do not overestimate your part in salvation. It is a gift. God gives. We respond. And our lives are forever different as a result.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.