Get Off the Fence

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
Revelation 3: 15, 16 King James Version

Someone made this comment to me the other day “It is either too cold or too hot.” It reminded me of our Scripture for this devotion. There are so many people who are straddling the fence when it comes to deciding to serve Jesus and to make the right decisions. Jesus says that He wants us to be either cold or hot and not lukewarm.

I believe if we will listen with our hearts we will hear Him say to us “Get off the fence. Make up your mind if you are going to live for Me or if you are going to live for satan. If you are going to live for Me, then you need to do what I tell you to do, not what you want to do.”

The story of the ruler is a perfect illustration “Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich” (Luke 18: 22, 23).

Jesus died for us so that we may have our sins forgiven and cleansed by His precious blood which He shed for us on the cruel cross of Calvary. He has done so much for us and He asks so little of us in return. Yet many times we are not willing to do what He asks us to do.

It may be that He asks us to do something that will take us out of our comfort zone and we are not willing to leave our comfort zone. We need to remember that Jesus left His comfort zone in Heaven with His Father to come to earth to be beaten, abused, mutilated, spat upon, cursed, mocked, rejected, and crucified on a cross of horror and torture. When He speaks to our hearts and tells us to do something for Him, we should do it immediately and stop straddling the fence of indecision.

We read in the Bible “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him” (Matthew 4: 18 ? 22).

Jesus is still calling us today to be fishers of men. Why is it that we will get up very early in the morning to go fishing and stay in the boat all day patiently waiting for a fish to take the bait but we won?t answer the call of Jesus to be fishers of men? I believe it all comes down to how much we love Him. It is so true that our level of service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him.

If we love Him enough, we will shut off the television, or better still not even turn it on, and send emails and make telephone calls to people who are hurting. Again, how much do you love Him and how much are you willing to do for Him? Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone and follow Him and become a fisher of men on a full time basis and not just when it is convenient to you?

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