09.2 Romans – Choice

We are fickle about choices.  On one hand, we like alternatives and don’t like being hemmed in.  We like variety.  We like freedom to do what we want.  On the other, we hate the need to make so many decisions.  Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and just want someone else to decide.  Where do you want to go for dinner?  No, where do you want to go?  We fall into ruts for the simple reason of avoiding making a new decision that we might not like the results.

But we sometimes forget that the ability to choose is a gift from God.  God did not have to place the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden.  He could have told Adam and Eve, there is nothing here that will harm you, do as you wish.  This is like the environments we try to create for toddlers, working to remove anything that can cause them harm.

But, instead, God placed the tree in the center of the garden.  Not because He wanted Adam to sin, but because he wanted him to choose to obey.  Without the fruit of the tree, Adam could not choose to love and obey God, he would not have had any other choice.  But God gave Him the gift so that He could participate in true and free love, just as the Trinity is love.

As you go through your day, today, making choices such as choosing what to wear, what to do, where to go, what to say, when to get up, when to lay down, what to eat, who to pay, remember the most important decision of them all.  As Joshua said in Joshua 24:15, “… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, … as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

My Answers:

3.
Adam, not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he would die. Sin and death entered the world through him

4.
Born sinners. A lot of people believe that others are basically good, but only God is good and without God we resort to wickedness.

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