Why Do We Listen…
Why do we listen to the prince of the air when the Lord of all creation is chasing us down? Our Father, who created us, knows us before we are in our mothers womb allows us to turn away from Him so that we can fall flat, suffer and know what it means to be saved. Grace and mercy are fully realized through pain and suffering.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~Ephesians 2:1-10 NKJV
If we give our child a bicycle without asking for their “buy-in” – a commitment of some type on their part – how much do they appreciate the bicycle? What about a car, a college education or a house? Without sacrifice, suffering and pain the reward is not the same, the appreciation of the gift is not the same. The fact that someone else cares enough to, not only help, but teach us how submission actually works is a gift beyond measure.
Doesn’t God do the same thing? God tells us how to live but allows us to turn away from Him at the same time. He then chases us down for His purpose. Listening, accepting and believing we become submissive to Him and then can become saved by His grace and mercy. What a gift!
There is no sound louder than a captive set free. ~Josh Baldwin
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to act, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.