“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15
“Are you with me?” A question which is usually voiced when a choice needs to be made – one in which a person can no longer make the choice to sit on the fence and think he/she is void of having to make a decision. An answer must meet this question and then quickly be followed up with a bold jump down to either one side or the other. The above verse from Titus compares the two opposing sides of the spiritual fence that God places before us and asks the question, “Are you with Me?” The pure side with Him or the defiled side apart from Him, the side which makes not only the person pure or impure but also their mind and conscience pure or impure.
The divide is great and the fence is very high from which we jump, it is the fence that separates sin from holiness and the choice to jump to the side with God was made possible only because of the costly price that Jesus paid on the cross. Isaiah wrote from God's point of view how much it does matter regarding the side of the fence we choose to be on and how that choice determines what will be accomplished in and through our lives. As I read these verses I realized how sad the life is for those who live apart from God on a daily basis and why we see so many people in our world groping at anything they can for the peace that we have in Christ but which they either do not know about or do not want to accept from their opposing side. Here is what he wrote:
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.
No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.
Their webs will not become garments,
Nor will they cover themselves with their works;
Their works are works of iniquity,
And the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
Therefore justice is far from us,
Nor does righteousness overtake us;
We look for light, but there is darkness!
For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
We grope for the wall like the blind,
And we grope as if we had no eyes;
We stumble at noonday as at twilight;
We are as dead men in desolate places.
We all growl like bears,
And moan sadly like doves;
We look for justice, but there is none;
For salvation, but it is far from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And as for our iniquities, we know them:
In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
And departing from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands afar off;
For truth is fallen in the street,
And equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59:1-14
Jesus also talked about this divide in terms of either loving the light of God or hating it and then He put into a greater picture how whichever side of the fence we choose to side on will make an even greater distinction at the time when all the works of men are exposed by the light of God.
The side of the fence we choose to jump down to makes all the difference as to whether the things we do in this world make any impact within the greater picture which God's light will one day illuminate and make clear to everyone. You can either be on one side of the fence or the other, in darkness or in light, in a state of truth or in a state of always believing the lies which are set in your conscious, and either with a mind set on the things of God or a mind set on the things that oppose God.
By the grace of God we have been given the choice to pick the side of the fence our hearts, souls, and minds reside on. What will you say today in response to the Lord's question, “Are you with Me?” How you answer will not only affect your day today, but also your days that have no end.