Have you ever wondered why we are here? Or considered the theories of predestination, arguing that a select few are chosen to join God in heaven and the majority are doomed to hell? Well if God is all knowing, why are we here? If he knew how we were going to live, why didn’t he just send us directly to heaven or hell?

To answer this, we first have to answer the question of creation? Why did God create people in the first place? What was his purpose in that? God created us for his pleasure and glory we are told this in Revelations 4:11 and Isaiah 43:7.God delights in us, he wanted companionship.

He created us with a soul and a mind to choose. This was instated at creation when a choice was put before Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There were two special trees in the Garden of Eden; one was the Tree of Knowledge, the other the Tree of Life. They were told that they could partake of anything in the garden except the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. If man was not to have a choice but were predestined to heaven or hell, why did he even place the trees there? That temptation that God placed in the garden is the first proof that we are to have a choice to obey God or to listen to the devil. When we read the account, we see that Adam and Eve made the choice to not obey God, giving into the selfish desire for knowledge. The full story can be found in Genesis 2 and 3.

We are here as servants of God. But he wants us to serve him willingly, not out of fear of what may happen to us or because we are made to do so. In 1 Chronicles 28:9 we read, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.” It explains that we should know God and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. However, he again is giving us the choice to serve God and the consequences if we decide to forsake him.

He wants us to serve him because we love him and want to serve him. He wants us to choose him and his way. In Luke 1:74 and 75 it explains that we are to serve him with out fear, in holiness and righteousness. Not afraid of what our life will be like with or with out him. Out of love God gave us a choice. Because of the choice of Adam and Eve in the garden, we are born into sin. John 3:16 a well known scripture points out the mercy of God; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus was willing to be that sacrifice for our sins that we might have the opportunity to choose life which is again offered in Deuteronomy 30:19.

This choice is offered to us daily, in Matthew 6:24 we are admonished to choose this day who we will serve. We can’t serve God for the blessings that he gives us and want our way; we have to choose to serve one or the other. Specifically it says that “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Mammon is another word for wealth or our-self, or the world, anything that isn’t God. This is the choice that we have between God and self, good and evil, heaven or hell.

I challenge you to take advantage of this choice that you have been given and choose to serve God. He has so many blessings that he longs to bestow upon you. Choose the one who gave you a choice!