Dallas Willard (1935-2013) wrote, “In the spiritual life it is actually true that “where there is a will there is a way.” This is true because God is involved and makes his help available to those who seek it. On the other hand, where there is no will (firm intentions based on clear vision) there is no way. People who do not intend to be inwardly transformed, so that obedience to Christ “comes naturally,” will not be transformed. God will not pick us up and throw us into transformed kingdom living, into “holiness,” against our will.”
I think people I know who do not want God and his Kingdom either don’t know about such things or they have made an obvious decision against them.
Maybe the most distressing is when we are somewhere in the middle and make weak decisions with ‘firm intentions based on clear vision’ that are not for or against Kingdom principles…. but wimping out on middle ground.
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Jesus