On our daily bike ride this morning, David and I encountered a strange sight: a loveseat on a chainlink fence. You might know the old adage: If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he didn’t get there by himself. Same with this piece of furniture. But it got me to thinking.
It’s easy to ride the fence, not choosing which side we want to be on. We want to be a part of the Kingdom of Light, to follow Jesus fully, but the kingdom of this world is so attractive. Maybe we just start by watching what’s going on over the fence. Then we stick our fingers through the holes, maybe start to climb a little to get a better look. Pretty soon, we’re peeking over the top, then hefting one leg over to get a better perch. But it’s not very comfortable at the top. Those wires poke pretty hard.
It’s when we decide to haul up the couch to make our stay more comfortable that we get in real trouble.
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says, “‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked'” (Rev. 3:15-17).
You’ve got to choose which side you’re going to be on. Hanging out in the middle is uncomfortable and dangerous, no matter what chair you’ve hauled up there with you.
Get off the fence.