In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as Godís possession, to the praise of his glory.
Free will proposes that we have been granted the choice to say no, or yes to Our Father's call to follow Him all the days of our life.
Over many years I have been faced with choices to follow an overpowering inspiration from within my being (my heart), or to serve my human frailties inviting me to prioritize the call of my perceived insecurities. Our self serving ways reflect the call of human nature to ignore Our Saviour's request to do all that He asks of us.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ~ James 1:22
The inevitable questions arises, how do I pay my obligations when sharing my good fortune with another, in dire need of my assistance?
Our Saviour will slowly, over many years demonstrate to us that His way will also guarantee that we will be able to cover our needs, and even more. The Saviour's gradual way of converting us to His life is kind, comforting, always aware that to be secure in His outreach serving our fellow traveller, He will protect us from all abuse by those who might want to take advantage of a caring, loving soul appearing vulnerable.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.~ Hebrews 4:12