On normal Sundays, Claire liked going to Church. The pastor would talk about God’s love, grace and forgiveness. She couldn’t completely devote herself to following God, mind you, but she figured that it was okay. He was gracious and loving, and He would overlook that, right?
But today, the pastor’s words were a slap on Claire’s cheek. Shaken, she glanced around, then stood. Gingerly, she ducked out the door and slunk around the back of the Church. There, she sank to the ground and held her head in her hands. The pastor’s words rang through her mind:
“You can’t sit on the fence of Christianity.”
There are some very beautiful promises in the Bible. They make us feel warm and fuzzy, and we want them. But most of God’s promises are reserved for His children; for those who are part of His Kingdom. These are the people who have believed in Jesus’ Name and claimed His gift of salvation for themselves.
This is a very intentional choice which involves not just promises to make us feel good, but also commands to guide us in living a life that pleases God (and is for our own good). You may not like every command in the Bible.
But you can’t pick and choose.
You can’t claim all the promises while sifting through the commands to select only those that suit your lifestyle/personality. You can’t take a little and refuse a little.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
– Matthew 6:24
You cannot serve both God and money. You cannot serve both God and social status. You cannot serve both God and __(fill in the blank)__. It doesn’t work like that.
There is a fence between the Kingdom of God and the rest of the world and it marks a very distinct border. But it’s not the type of fence you can sit on in order to get “the best of both worlds”.
If you’ve never made a conscious, intentional choice to claim God’s gift of salvation as your own, then you’re currently standing on the outside of the fence. That can change. Make the choice.
What about you?
- Which side of the fence are you on? (HINT: Sitting right on top is not an answer.)
- What promises attract you to the kingdom of God?
- What part of the deal is holding you back?
- Is there anything in your current life that you don’t want to let go of?