What if the sovereign God woke you from the dead and gave you “choice”. You never had choice before, you were dead. What if your ancestors doomed you to be separated from God, and then, like Abram, God spoke to you. If that is the case you have experienced grace. The dead don’t hear, but you did, and you know that He is. That is the beginning of the matter. You were born again.
Now, like the Psalmist, we can say, “I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.”
The faithful way.
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1John 1:5-10)
This is the path we chose. I don’t know about you, but with me Jesus has had to do a lot of scrubbing. I would be deceiving myself if I thought that He was done. We are living under the light of Christ with all of our ways exposed. This is the beginning of our life in Christ. To rest in Him is the end of the matter.