The power and responsibility of choice

For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.
It is not in heaven, that you should say,
‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say,
‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
But the word is very near you.
It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
Deuteronomy 30:11-14

In cases where the will has long been in captivity, and is not only passive but is for whatever reason undeveloped and withered, we may need to pray for its freedom and strengthening, or even for an outright miracle of restoration.  But the will, that most essential faculty of the human soul, the one that chooses self or God, must then actively choose life or death, Heaven or Hell.  Then, in the strength and grace of God’s Presence, we do not look up and ask God to strike a death blow at any lusts of the spirit, soul, or body that war against the full ‘putting on’ of Christ.  We do it.  We then, in the practice of the Presence, ‘put on’ Christ.[1]

Every human being has a will, although in this darkened world this vital organ is too easily broken,   bent, and co-opted.  Regardless of its condition, our will is the critical frontier where we meet God and  confront our responsibility to choose life.  We must learn to wield the power we’ve been given, the power of the will.  Using this power properly yields great dignity for the one who chooses Christ.  Knowing the inescapable and eternally consequential decisions we must make, we have powerful motivation to pray for the strength and right orientation of our wills.

Come, Holy Spirit.  Descend into me anew, Divine, Eternal, Masculine Will. Descend into me, radiate through me. Make my weak and insufficient will one with Yours.  Thank you Lord for Your literal and actual indwelling, forming my will in union with Yours.  Speak your commands to my ear, and will your commands within my heart.  Thank you for empowering me with Your heart, Your mind, Your energy, and Your love.  I do put You on once again, my Lord and my God.  To You be all honor, glory, and praise, now and forever.

[1] Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1995), p. 95-96.
Painting: Szymon Czechowicz, 1758, Resurrection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the writings and ministry of Leanne Payne.