C. S. Lewis said, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done.’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.'” God loves us and wants to free us from the sin that entangles and causes so much pain in the world, but God is also respectful of our right to choose.
I was listening to a couple debates with famous anti-theist, Christopher Hitchens yesterday about whether there is a God or not. Unfortunately, he seemed more interested in condemning the God he did not believe in than engaging the question to prove that God doesn’t exist. In fact, since the tragedy in our nation on 9/11/2001, Christopher seemed to have made it his mission in life to discourage, denigrate, and destroy all faith in God among both those who believe in the Savior and those who did not know for sure in the secular world. Mr. Hitchens passed away in December of 2011 from cancer. From all appearances, he never acknowledged God as Sovereign.
Many today grow up with no knowledge of God and our society promotes the idea that each person is autonomous and free to do and be whoever they want to be without consequence or responsibility. Because God gave mankind free will, we do have the choice to do as we please. But to please God and for eternally positive outcomes, we need to look to his way and will found in the Word of God. God promises life eternal for those who follow him. He also promises to reject those who chose to reject Him.
The apostle Paul says in Philippians 2:5 and following, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Our time here on earth is but a moment in all of eternity. We must choose wisely in this life how we want to spend our immortal life for all eternity. I agree with C. S. Lewis. In the end, there are just two groups of people. Which group will we choose to be in? Those who choose to serve God or those who do not serve God. Ultimately, we all will know that Jesus is Lord, confess Him and bow our knee to Him, including Christopher Hitchens. God lets us choose His way or our way. There are really just two kinds of people in the end, but all will know God exists and His Son was sent to save the world. I hope you, like me, will choose God’s way, come to know, love, and trust Him will and will freely say now in this life to God, “Thy will be done.”
Robin House ©️