We own nothing in life, including this life.
Free will is the only and closest thing we have to ownership. Our free will to decide in the here and now is what we own. Apart from that, we don’t own anything in this life.
We don’t own our life. Because of sin, we have been living on borrowed time. It is by the grace of God that humanity is still existing until this time.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
The closest thing we can call our own is our free will.
We don’t have control over our birth and death. Life is a gift, and attached to it is our free will. Consequently, we think we own our life. We only have the free will to call our own.
If free will is the closest thing we have to ownership, what does God’s will be done in Mathew 6:10 mean?
It is a line taken from what is known as The Lord’s Prayer.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Mathew 6:10, KJV)
Is God robbing us of our free will?
God’s will includes the provision of our free will. God’s will does not rob us of our free will (freedom). We are free to decide between good and evil. God respects that, although there are consequences to that.
Since the very beginning of creation, God has provided humanity the free will.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9, KJV)
God could have hidden the tree of knowledge of good and evil, yet He did not. He gives us the freedom to decide whether to eat it.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17, KJV)
God’s will for humanity is majestic.
From the very beginning, God’s plan for humanity is majestic and full of blessings.
We were created in his own image and likeness. No wonder the fallen ones were so envious of us.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)
God’s creation is abundant, and we have dominion over creation.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
- Producing fruit, especially in abundance.
- Producing offspring, especially in abundance.
- Capable of producing vegetation.
- To make manifold
- Increase in number or quantity
- Make more by natural generation or reproduction
The earth can withstand humanity’s population. The earth is created to withstand it as humanity multiplies.
It is sin that kills the earth, not overpopulation.
It is sin that prevents humanity from enjoying the fruits of the earth: greed, manipulation, inequality, slavery, indebtedness, and murder.
Replenish the earth.
- To fill or make it complete again
- To inspire or nourish
- To become full again
As humanity multiplies and consumes the fruits of the earth, humanity is also tasked to replenish the earth.
Humanity has not done this well, as sin (greed, manipulation, inequality, slavery, indebtedness, and murder) disguised as development always comes before sustaining the earth. Real development or progress is not selective. It holds every man and woman accountable regardless of race and creed. That is real development or progress.
If a certain fragment of creation (not just humanity) is deprived of life and free will, then such development is simply a ploy for something sinister.
It could have been a life full of blessings for humanity.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. (Genesis 1:29 -30)
God allowed both Adam and Eve to eat fruit from any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This means Adam and Eve were not restricted from eating the fruit from the tree of life and could have lived forever.
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 2:22-24)
This free will comes with a life of bliss or a lie.
Because of sin, we’ve forfeited God’s plan for humanity.
But God, who is rich in mercy and love, has saved us.
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth: Jesus Christ.
For by grace are we saved through faith in Jesus Christ, our savior and king. it is the gift of God.
We don’t earn this salvation. By our own means, we can’t save ourselves, no matter what our leaders and scientists would say.
Our salvation comes not of works so that no man can boast.
It is by our faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved.
A life of bliss: our inheritance through Jesus Christ
Royalty: we are heirs
Therefore, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if we live after the flesh, we shall die. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but we have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. And if we should suffer with Christ in this life, we may also be glorified together in everlasting life.
The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed through eternity.
26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
Dominion: every knee shall bow in the name of Jesus
As we receive our salvation by grace through our faith in Jesus, every knee should bow in his name regardless of what, where, and who they are.
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11, KJV)
Humanity has been robbed of its inheritance. By the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, we can have a full life of abundance.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, KJV)
Live forever: eternal life
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, KJV)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36, KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24, KJV)
Life of a lie: asleep or stoned?
Most of us are living a lie. Humanity refuses to wake up or so stoned because of any of the following reasons:
The rich and powerful think it’ll last.
When a man is at his peak, he oftentimes thinks it’ll last. He sometimes forgets that he will die.
Kings, emperors, and pharaohs have been seeking eternal life. And most of them may not have found it as they are searching in the wrong place.
They sought other gods or, in fact, thought that they were gods.
The poor and the hopeless believe not other than themselves
We can’t save ourselves. We can be saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone.)
Pretending does not last.
Many may fall into this category.
They are too proud to admit that they need help and salvation. They pretend to be happy.
In fact, they think they are happy because of the world’s standards.
They boast of their success and careers.
They get the limelight among the crowd, yet loneliness is their only companion.
Deep inside, as they lie in bed, emptiness is its only diadem.
Use your free will: choose life
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9, KJV)
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19, KJV)
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15, KJV)