Move The Fence

“For if the inheritance could be received by keeping the law, then it would not be the result of accepting God’s promise. But God graciously gave it to Abraham as a promise.”

Galatians 3:18

There once was an old church out in the country during the late 1800’s. Two men approached the church where they were met by a priest. The men explained how their friend had taken ill and died during their travels and they wanted to know if they could bury him in the small fenced cemetery next to the church. The priest asked if the man was Catholic to which the men replied no. The priest said in order to be buried in the churches cemetery the man would have needed to be Catholic. Seeing this was impossible the two men began to turn away dejected. The priest offered the men a compromise telling them they could bury their friend next to the fence of the cemetery so the priest could keep an eye on it and tend to it periodically. The men appreciated the kind offer and the priest gave them shovels and so the men along with the priest proceeded to bury the deceased friend next to the cemetery fence. The next day when the men returned to pay their respects before going on their way they noticed the fence was moved and now their friends grave was inside the church grounds. Puzzled the two men approached the priest and asked what had happened? The priest said as a good Catholic he couldn’t break the church ordinance but after a thorough reading of the ordinances there was nothing in the bylaws that said he couldn’t move the fence.

Remember, when Jesus gave His life on Calvary’s Cross He did so that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. That’s the good news of the gospel. God’s love is inclusive! Every person you will meet today is a candidate for salvation. No one is beyond God’s grace. Where sin abounds grace does all the more! Love will always find a way! Sometimes you just have to be willing to move the fence!

“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.”

Ephesians 2:14


Michael Osthimer





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