On the Fence

“Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

~James 1:8 (NIV)

I once heard the expression, “Don’t stay on the fence. Satan owns the fence.” It was spoken in the context of accepting Jesus as Savior of your life and the statement couldn’t be more true. If you are indifferent about Christ, you haven’t denounced Him, but you have not chosen to live your life for Him either. Indifference, or being “on the fence” about Christ is no different than rejecting Him and His free gift of salvation. Either way, He is not Lord of your life, and Satan is well pleased with that.

The same can also be said for other areas of our lives. Whether it’s the decision to start or end a relationship, to change careers, or any other segment of our lives in which we are “on the fence” or feel indifference.



We all know people who can’t make a decision if their life depended on it. Perhaps, you are that person! Did you ever notice what’s missing from their life? Peace. Most people I have encountered, who are indifferent or indecisive, live in a constant state of frustration and worry. There is no peace on the fence.

When I tell people that I never worry about death some think I’m not speaking truthfully. But it is completely true. From the moment I accepted Christ as my Savior, my salvation was guaranteed. I am assured of that because my eternal destination is no longer based on my performance, but rather, on the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

Someday, when my earthly life is over, I will stand in judgment, as we all will. There is nothing I can do on my own to earn a place in Heaven. Even the “best” person in the world by earthly standards is not perfect or worthy of Heaven. These are not my rules, they are God’s Word. (Romans 3:23 NIV)

God judges by His standards, not the ever changing values of our world. The only thing that is perfect in the Father’s eyes is the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. When it’s my turn to stand at the Judgment Throne, my only answer to the Father is that I placed my trust in Jesus. Period.

I got off the fence about Christ and I have absolutely no worries about death. (Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT) On the contrary, I am filled with indescribable peace just thinking about spending eternity with my Savior!

I find that in my own life, the things I stress over are most often those areas in which I have not made a decision or if I have, I haven’t acted upon that choice. While it is certainly prudent to spend time mulling over our life decisions, it is unwise to stay in that place of contemplation and fail to move forward.

Indifference, indecision and inaction are all passive states that leave us receptive to outside influences, including the enemy.

The fence is Satan’s real estate and the only thing we stand to gain from spending too much time there are splinters! There is no peace or joy to be found on the fence!

Get off the fence, grab God’s hand and open yourself to His direction in your life. I guarantee you will be amazed at the places He takes you!


3 thoughts on “On the Fence

  1. This reminded me of my favorite quote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”-Elie Wiesel
    Certainly it’s not a decision to make light-heartedly, but it’s the most important decision to make in life.

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