Behold, all souls are mine… — Ezekiel 18:4

I recently talked with a man who makes wooden bowls in his retirement. He travels around to different craft fairs and sells his wares. All those bowls are unique. All those bowls of his he made. All those bowls are his. He is the creator and owner of them and can do whatever he desires with them.

So it is with us. Each person on this earth is unique. Each person on this earth was created by God whether they believe it or not (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-18). All people on this planet – past, present and future – are His (Psalm 24:1).

God has a plan and He is working out every detail. So much of this we do not come close to understanding, but He is working everything out to accomplish His purposes (Revelation 10:7).
We do understand what He has revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. Many people won’t listen to what He has to say and that is their choice. Others will listen. Of course with every choice there are benefits or consequences and we cannot blame others for the choices we make. Those are our responsibility.

We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and so “every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God (Romans 3:19). As the Creator/Owner, God can do whatever He wants with us and “who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?” (Romans 9:20).

God loves us so much that He did something about the sin problem that would send us to hell, separated from Him forever (John 3:16). Now, for those who sincerely put their faith/trust in Jesus, God takes away our sin and gives us His righteousness, making us fit for heaven (II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:26-27). Why would someone reject that love? It is only because they do not want anything to do with God and that is their choice. It is sad, but that is their choice and they have chosen to take the eternal consequences that come with that choice.

As followers of Jesus we can only invite people to come to Jesus. We can love them and pray for them, but their choice will be their choice. Oh, that many would “Choose life and not death!” (II Kings 18:32; Deuteronomy 30:19). May it be so!

Dear Father, thank You for the life You have given me in Jesus. Before I trusted Jesus life did not make much sense, but since I have trusted Him, life has become much clearer and purposeful. Thank You for loving me so much and saving me from sin to new life in Jesus to serve Him now and be in heaven with Him when I die. I am thankful!

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