Our church is feeding the less fortunate today in celebration of Easter. A fence separates our properties. On one side is the life I used to live…partying, living in less than favorable conditions because that’s the best they think they can do. Perhaps some, like me, feel they deserve to be there because of things they have done. Perhaps they look on the “other side” toward this nice neighborhood we’re so blessed to be in and think though it’s close it’s too far away for them and that will keep them where they are; they won’t come because they have judged themselves unworthy. They’ve condemned themselves & and begun their self~imposed life sentence.
What they don’t realize is that those on the “other side” are just like them. I am just like them. The ONLY reason I’m not over there with them is the grace & mercy of God. Nothing I have done qualifies or justifies my being on this side: just Jesus. He’s the only difference
The fence is the perfect analogy of saved versus unsaved. Coming to Jesus is exactly like that. He’s right there; He’s the gatekeeper! We must do our part though to “get to Him” (believe & receive). He’s standing right there. He’s obvious just like the gate or entrance of the fence. The gate has a piece of hardware like a handle, a lock, something that signifies that’s where the entrance to the other side is.
We have extended the invitation to come & be fed. We have knocked on doors & spoken to those people who opened their doors. We slipped notes under the doors that refused to open. We’ve prepared the food. We’re ready to love on them and show them they’re cared for. Jesus has done the same. He’s standing ready to receive whoever will come to Him.
Today, all anyone has to do is just come to the fence and walk through the gate to be fed and receive. Some will come…others won’t. If you’re hungry, why would you not come and be provided for? Would you starve, allow your children to starve just because you don’t want to come? Coming to Jesus is that simple. He has what you need. He’s the difference-maker. He’s the choice between life & death. Will you meet Him at the fence?