Called by God to Choose to Obey

“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

St. John Chrysostom presents an interesting picture of the relationship between God’s will and our free will.

“God does not compel, but allows people to be masters of their own choices even after the call.” (Margaret M. Mitchell, The Heavenly Trumpet, p 213)

God calls us to follow Him and to obey Him, but even when the omnipotent God calls us, God allows us to choose how to respond.  There is a true synergy between God and any human – we have to cooperate with God for our salvation.

“… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

One thought on “Called by God to Choose to Obey

  1. Mihretu Tegegn

    Dear Fr. Ted: Peace and Grace be un to you from God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen! Thank you for your quite helpful posts. I am learning many things from your posts, particularly what devoting one self for ministry mean. May God bless your ministry all the time! Grace of God, besides to my secular Job, I was studying MTh in Eastern and Greek Orthodox Theology at Euclid University. God willing I have a plan to proceed further. Also, I am a clergyman in one of the parish of EOTC in Addis Ababa,  serving as St. Yared Hymnology scholar. I was attempting to search for the book Orthodox Study Bible online, however, I could not able to buy one as online banking system has not yet been started. I have only KJV with software. I feel that what you are using on your posts are either from Orthodox study bible or other version, which uses plain English. I kindly request your kind assistance, if you may have one, in soft copy. Thank you and may God bless us all! Mihretu Tegegn

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