The Lord God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17)
From the very beginning, God has given all of humanity free will to make our own decisions. We are not pawns nor puppets, forced to do exactly what God wants us to do. Instead, He chose to give us free will.
For instance, in the Garden of Eden, God didn’t force Adam and Eve to eat only from certain trees. He didn’t miraculously strip the forbidden fruit from their hands when they were getting ready to take a bite. No, He told them His will and warned them of the consequences if they didn’t follow it. He didn’t force them not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
In the same way, God doesn’t force us to do things or to not do things while we’re on this earth. Most importantly, He doesn’t make you accept His free gift of salvation. He doesn’t force you to become one of His followers, and He will not make you turn from your sin and place your faith in Christ.
He will give you a desire, a tug in your heart. He will make you aware of your separation from Him because of your sin. He will reveal to you the brokenness of your relationship with Him, and the overall lack of that relationship, but He will not make you come to Christ. He gives us the right will to do what He wants us to do, but He will not force us to respond to His will. That’s up to you.
There are many different directions our life can take as a result of exercising our free will. We can make many decisions, so why not make them good ones? With our God-given free will, let’s choose to follow Him. Let’s make the conscious choice to give our lives to Christ, be baptized, join a church, get involved in a faith community, share our faith with others, and give generously. First and foremost, let our free will bring honor to the One who gave it to us.