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Friday, May 27, 2016

Choose Freedom from Your Fence

Do you have an area of your life where you sit on a fence? I believe that we all have such an area. We regard it as a place of safety, but it is not. We yearn for it to keep fear at arm's length, but all it does is keep hope away. We sit on the fence because not sitting on the fence means that we must make a decision one way or the other. If we get off the fence, we will be forced to commit to something. We will either believe or not believe. We will either have faith or not have faith. We will either accept or reject. We are afraid to commit because we might be wrong. On the other hand we are afraid to not commit, because we might be wrong. So we are imprisoned on our fence. The fence has not become a place of safe retreat, but it has become a jail. Is it so hard to realize that remaining on the fence takes more spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional energy that making a decision? Staying on the fence is really a choice. It is a choice to remain in bondage instead of discovering freedom.

“If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you,” Joshua told the Israelites, “then choose for yourselves this day who you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15, NIV). Make a decision, Joshua declares. Choose who you are going to serve–one or the other. Don’t serve who is the most convenient at a certain time. Don’t remain on your fence. Make a choice, but remember with that you either choose life or death.

 “Now choose life,” Moses told the Israelites, “so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Deuteronomy 30:19b-20), NIV).

Do you sit on a fence believing one way one day, and another the next? Choose to make the Lord your life. Rid yourself of those other “idols” that pull you the other way. Don’t sit on your fence and serve who is most convenient at the moment? The Holy Spirit offers freedom to choose Him–to choose the life. Let go of the bondage of your fence and rejoice in freedom in Him. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NIV).

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