And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. – 1 Kings 18:21
No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. – Mark 2:21
It’s one thing to falter in our walk with Jesus; we all fall off the path from time to time. Sometimes it is severe; we despair of God’s grace, lose sight of his call, or forget his word and promise. We may even get distracted or deceived and stray. When we are brought to our senses, however, we return to the path. In some manner or another we must repent and believe daily.
It’s quite another thing, however, to waver between two different opinions. Put it another way: It’s one thing to stumble off the sidewalk onto the street for a moment. It’s quite another to wander down the middle of the road trying to decide where to go. A momentary stumble is bad enough, but a continuous slouch of lukewarm wandering is dangerous to say the least.
Jesus calls us to a totally new way of life, not just a matter of patching over the scrapes, tears, or gouges of life. His ways are dramatically new and different. He provides purpose. He gives reason. He challenges us to get right on the path when we stumble. He offers us a clear way to God. He has led the way for us, having followed God’s ways perfectly, and forgiving us when we stray.
The ultimate path is the path of faith in Jesus. He makes everything new.