Move The Fence! – by Eliezer Gonzalez

Nov 27, 2015 2068

St_Giles_Churchyard_WhittingtonA story is told about three allied soldiers who were the closest of friends, and who were fighting in France during World War 2. One of them was killed, and his friends wanted to bury his body in a special place, and not just in the field.

So they brought the body of their dead friend to a beautiful French churchyard that had a cemetery within it. They asked the priest for permission to bury their friend there, and the priest asked them if he had been a Catholic. “No,” they said, “he hadn’t.” The priest said that the man could not be buried in the consecrated grounds of the church, since it was reserved only for Catholics.

So the two men took the body of their friend and did the next best thing – they buried him just outside the fence of the churchyard.

The next day in the morning, the two friends went back to the church to pay their final respects to the friend that they had buried. But when the looked outside the fence, where they thought they had buried their friend, they could not find the simple grave. And so they went and knocked on the priest’s house.

“We cannot find the grave of our friend at all!” they said, “We buried him just outside the fence.

“Yes,” said the priest, “I could not sleep last night thinking of your friend and the love you have for him. I tossed and turned, until I decided what I had to do. I got up in the night and moved the fence.”

The Bible tells us that God has done a very similar thing for us.

Although were are lost and broken because of sin, and far away from Him, God has removed the wall of sin that existed between you and his children. So now you have been reconciled to God through the cross of Jesus. You can read about it in Ephesians 2:14–18. It is a gift to the undeserving, to the unqualified, to the hopeless of this world (Eph 2:8–9) – to me and to you. We accept it simply by believing in Jesus (John 3:16).

Think of someone who has seriously done you wrong. Think of someone who needs to be forgiven by God in your life. And now, because God has moved the fence for you, get up and go and move the fence for them!

Don’t go and tell them what forgiveness is all about. Go and show them by forgiving them from your heart.

It’s time we moved a few fences in our lives, don’t you agree?

– Eliezer Gonzalez

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