Adam and Eve were given free will. They had a choice to be obedient to God or to do what they felt was right in their own eyes. Of course, we know the result. Because of the sin of the first Adam, the Bible tells us that we are all born into sin (Romans 5:12). The second Adam, Jesus the Christ, also had free will and a choice to make. He got off of His throne, God the Son, and submitted His will to God the Father. He was to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world. He knew this was the only way for salvation to take place. Even though Jesus did not want to do it, He submitted His life to God’s plan (Matthew 26:39).
Jesus knew the pain and agony He was going to go through and He prayed that God the Father would spare Him from having to do it that way. But, because of His love for you and me, He was obedient. He truly was about His Father’s business. Sins desire is for us. Why? Because Satan does not want us worshiping God. He wants us to go to hell and he will do everything in his power to take us with him. But here is what we do not hear a lot of, the Bible tells us that we should “rule over it”.
Did you know that God has given us the power to rule over sin as Christ followers? In 2 Corinthians 10:5, the apostle Paul encourages us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Does this mean that salvation is all up to me? Absolutely not! It means that you have a free will to make choices and the power from God to rule over sin in your life. You have the ability to be obedient and hand over your life in complete surrender and each of us must make that decision individually.
In his book “The Temple: Its Ministry and Services”, Alfred Edersheim wrote about the sacrifices given in the temple. And when he writes about the symbolism of the burnt offering he wrote that it symbolized the entire surrender unto God and God’s acceptance of the offering. Every piece and every part would be placed on the altar of burnt offering and would begin to smoke as a pleasing aroma to God. It symbolized entire surrender to God and God’s acceptance of the surrender. Whatever was laid upon the altar was regarded as ‘sanctified’ by it, and could not be again removed. Additionally, other sacrifices in the Temple services were brought, but the burnt offering never went before the sin offering and never after the peace offering. You must accept the shed blood of Christ (sin offering), submit your life with every piece and every part in obedience (the burnt offering) and then you will have peace (the peace offering) in Jesus.
Is there a desire in your life that is so strong where you have cried out and said, “God, why don’t You just take this desire from me?” Or, maybe you have said something like, “well, that is how God made me so I’m not going to change.” That would be much easier, wouldn’t it? But what kind of love would that demonstrate on our part towards God? You ever wonder if God is waiting for you to give it over to Him?
It’s easy for us to tell someone that we love them but much harder to prove it through our actions. Jesus showed He loved us by putting our needs above His own. Maybe there is something you know needs to be surrendered and given to Him today. Let us lay every piece and every part of our lives upon the altar so that our lives are a sweet aroma to God. Let us surrender all to Him and show Him we love Him (1 John 3:18).