2006-07-20

God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility

It is always a balance between God's sovereignty and man's responsibility.

On the one extreme of God's sovereignty, man is entirely at God's mercy and has no responsibility whatsoever. God chooses and saves as He wills. On the other end, man is fully responsible for his own life and for saving himself.

In the parable of the Sower, we can see that man does has a part to play in determining the outcome of life. The seeds sowed on different grounds of man hearts are the same seeds. The potential to produce are the same for all the seeds. However the outcomes are determined by man's hearts; or more specifically, man's reactions to external factors.

We have the hard heart that allows Satan to take the seed away.
We have the shallow heart that allows persecution to destroy the growth.
We have the choked heart that prevent the grow to produce fruits.
Lastly, we have the good heart that allow the seed to grow and to produce harvests of different sizes.

The seeds are the same, but the our hearts determine the harvest size.

God's love to everyone is the same, but our reception and response to God determine the abundance of the life in us. Some Christians struggle through life while some live in great joy and successes.

Related posts: God Initiates & Man Follows

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