Sovereign Election - What is it?
According to his theory, God predestined some people to be saved. This choice by God to save some is held to be unconditional and not based on any characteristic or action on the part of the person. According to this theory, those that have been "chosen" will be saved and the rest will have no opportunity to come to Christ. They will be damned to hell before they take their very first breath.
My Background - A walk away from God!
When I was little my parents went to church and my primary job was to keep my dad awake during the church service. Going to church was something akin to doing the laundry; you just did it. We never talked about God at home. As I grew older we stopped the charade of going to church which was fine with me.
At 18 I thought I knew all the answers and I was anxious to get out of my parents house and so I married the first person that I dated. I don't have to tell you that was a big mistake. Shortly thereafter in an attempt to keep the marriage afloat, I got pregnant. By the time my son was 1 year old, we were divorced.
I stopped in to talk to a minister since I was struggling so much with my life. His basically said we can understand that you are seeking a divorce due to a hostile living condition. However, in this church, you will always be viewed as married and you will not participate in any single social activities. As you can well imagine, I walked out of the church and never looked back for many years.
Coming to Christ - One step at a time!
As I came up to my 40's, a friend invited me to attend church. I scoffed and said that God would strike the building with lightening should I enter. However, he threw in a free breakfast and I thought what the heck. I got nothing to lose. right? Little did I realize that this was my first step towards becoming a child of God and changing my life profoundly.
Right from the start, I found some real peace. The church I attended was so different from anything I had been exposed to prior. First, it was Pentecostal and many people spoke in tongues. While I didn't, I did feel accepted. After several weeks of attending, I felt a rush of wind hit me in the face. It was awesome. That started a change that continues on to this day. During the infancy of my change, I didn't even realize the depth of change. It was only after co-workers called me aside and said what is up with you that it started to dawn on me that I truly had been changed. I was a new person.
Christ - My King!
Personally for me I think Pastor Bill of the Chapel in Sandusky Ohio nailed it this weekend when he was talking about God's love. He used the example of how many parents want their kids to be robots and hug them. No, we cherish the moments when our kids rush into our arms. God is no different in this. He loves us, all of us. He wants nothing more than for all of us to come to Him. He "chose" us when He created us. How much more special can you get? As a loving father he waits for us to come to him. Its an extended invitation. He gave us free will to decide if we will love him back. Joyce Meyers made a comment the other day. She said that God will love you no less or no more at the very start of your journey than He will love you at the end of your journey. We, on the other hand, will grow in our love and understanding during our journey. As we all stand before God on our judgement day, our free will choice will be the deciding factor as to where we will spend our eternity. I'm thrilled I made the choice some 20+ years ago to turn my life over to Christ and let Him lead me.
God Wants You!
If we start at the beginning, its clear that Adam and Eve had it made in the garden. They had all of their desires met by God. However, their free will inclination led them to seek out "more". Why did God put the tree of knowledge where they could access it? Why did God give them free will? To me, the answers are that God yearns for us to love Him. His arms are open and the invitation awaits those who accept. He has done ALL THE WORK including sending his only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. When we accept, we are "born again". We are indwelled with the Holy Spirit. We are still free will creatures and we will still sin. The difference is that we are no longer bound to our sinful nature but seek to do what is right and good in God's eyes. Bottom line - He wants you!!