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REV. ANDREW DEMOTSES

Although we rarely stop to think about it, there are lines everywhere which mark the boundaries of our life. There are lines in parking lots that tell where to park our cars. There are lines in the middle of streets that tell us where to drive, and where to safely cross the street when we are walking. There are lines on rulers that measure, and lines on athletic fields that tell both players and referees if balls and athletics are in or out. Lines are very important. They help us to know where we stand. We need to know in life whether we stand on one side of the line or the other.

In the book of Exodus, we learn that Moses also drew a line for the people of Israel. They had gotten drunk and worshipped a golden calf. The chosen people of God had allowed themselves to become drunken idolaters. Moses knew that each of them had to decide where he stood in his relationship to the Lord, and so he stepped in front of them and drew a line by saying, "Who is on the Lord's side? Let him come to me." (Ex. 32:26). That day, we are told, many crossed the line so that they could stand with Moses and the Lord.

Jesus Christ also drew a line when He called those who were in the multitude to follow Him. Some accepted His invitation, but they were the few. Most simply turned away to continue living their lives as they had always done before.

That important line has never been erased. It still exists today. Each of us is called by Christ to decide on which side of that line we will stand. Those who choose the life of faith and obedience to the will of God cross the line to follow Christ. Those who choose not to take up a life of obedience remain where they are, among the many. The choice is ours to make. But we need to remember that of all the lines in our life, this is the most important for in deciding where we stand, we make a choice for eternity.

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