As a young boy I found myself in many peculiar situations. On one particular day my family and I were visiting my aunt and uncle. They had a “farm” and for city slickers like us it was an amazing place. It just so happened that my uncle had an old motorcycle. Being as adventurous as I was I asked if we could drive it around. My uncle conceded after much begging and my brother and I set off to enjoy a day of driving around; it was just in circles around the pasture but it was exciting. Like many stories go with those that are driving motorcycles I ended up, on the last go around, wrecking the bike and hurting my knee. As I was picked up and taken back toward the house there was a point that I will not soon forget, if ever. While I was being passed over the electric fence my uncle slipped and I found myself straddling it. Fortunately I did not touch the fence but the fear from being in that position was enough. The idea of straddling the fence has never, as you can imagine, appealed to me too much and I think that is a good thing. God makes clear His feelings about those that straddle the fence in Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot…So then, because you are lukewarm…I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Let us each make sure we never straddle the fence.
I came across an article entitled “Patient’s Blinks Kept Him Alive as Doctors Prepared to Switch Off Life Support.” Within the article it talked about a man who had been in a motorcycle accident. This man, 43 years old, had told family of his wish not to live in a vegetative state after witnessing a friend be in such a state. With that in mind his family made the decision to “pull the plug” and allow nature to take its course. However simply moments before the doctors were about to remove the ventilator the man managed to open his eyes and blink to get the doctors attention. Through blinking he was able to tell the doctors he wanted to live, not die. As I read this I couldn’t help but think of how great it is that we have a “perfect doctor” (Mark 2:17). Jesus is the Great Physician, who came in perfection (Hebrews 4:15), and gave the antidote to sin (Ephesians 1:7). Christ knows when we are wanting to live spiritually (Revelation 3:20) and will not “pull the plug” on any that want to live. The question we must all ask ourselves is, do we want to live? If you want to live and are willing to go to God’s most precious Word, we here at the church of Christ in Ramona would love to simply open up God’s Word and study what God wants each of us to do. Please put forth the effort for God, because He has put forth the effort for you (John 3:16).