God does NOT usually tip fence-sitters off the fence.
Oftentimes, people think that God enters people’s lives and immediately communicates (through signs and miracles) “God is HERE”.
The truth of the matter is that God will often wait for an invitation in order to actually begin a relationship with someone. As a pastor (and from personal experience) I always communicate to people that it is OUR initiative in seeking after God, often, that actually invites God into our lives.
I am reminded of the ending sequence of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade in which Indiana Jones must step out in faith… without a promise… without assurance, and only after THE STEP is made, is his faith is confirmed.
God often works this way. After we have initiated the ‘next step’, only then is God right there to show us new horizons. Look closely at our Scripture this week (from Luke 24):
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
It was only after they invited the ‘hidden’ Jesus to stay, that he was revealed to them.
Where can we take that ‘step’ in our lives?