Friday, January 1, 2016

The Two Choices

Genesis 2 puts before us the great two choices of life in relation to God: the gift of life with God (fellowship) symbolised in 'the tree of life', and the condition of life (obedience to God) symbolised in 'the tree of the knowledge of good and evil' which I understand to be the right to decide what is good and evil- a right that is God's and not ours. 
The people of God faced this choice all the time and so do we. If I want to have real life - abundant life - it must be found in God and with God, on the condition of walking with God in his ways. I see here the gift of grace and the response of obedience - both essential to fellowship with God and the fullness of life now and forever. The great temptation is to decide to play 'God' and make one's own decision about good and evil.