Going all in for God means an uncompromising commitment to His will. But commitments are hard to come by these days.
If you’re interested in being a vegetarian, but you’re concerned you might not be able to make the commitment, don’t worry. Now you can be a flexitarian. A lot of people want to be vegetarians, but now there’s a variation on vegetarianism. A flexitarian is a person who eats mainly vegetables, but also eats meat once in a while. Christy Pugh is a flexitarian. She says, “I usually eat vegetables, but I really like sausage. Sometimes I feel like I’m a bad vegetarian, that I’m not strict enough. I really like vegetarian food, but I’m just not 100 percent committed. Some people are like the kamikaze pilot who flew 50 missions: they’re involved—but never committed.
Jesus willingly laid down his life, because he was committed to us! Jesus said, For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son (John 3:16). Aren’t you glad the verse doesn’t read, for God so loved the perfect? Or, for God so loved the people who have it all together? Or, for God so loved the folks who’ve never failed? How wide is God’s love? Wide enough for the whole world. And that includes you.
Max Lucado says, but surely there’s a limit! Surely there has to be an end to his love. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But David the adulterer never found it. Paul the murderer never found it. Peter the liar never found it. When it came to life, they did hit bottom. But when it came to God’s love, they never did! When Jesus was asked to describe the width of his love, He stretched one hand out to the right and the other to the left, and He had them nailed in that position so you would know He died loving you.
Jesus couldn’t have done anything more to demonstrate the width of his love for us. Isaiah 53 talks about the depth of his love. Isaiah says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus’ commitment to you was so extreme, that he gave up all the perks of heaven for the pain of the earth. His commitment to you was so extreme, that even though he had never committed a sin, he took your sins on himself. He took the penalty for your sins at the cross. So Jesus has the right to say, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Being committed to Jesus is worth it all, because he is committed to us! Think about these four habits found in every real disciple. Ask yourself if you’re practicing these:
I commit to give Him the first thoughts of each day. Do you pause before your feet hit the floor in the morning and think about Jesus?
I commit to give Him the first day of every week. Do you let anything get in the way of worshipping God every Sunday?
I commit to give Him at least the first ten percent of every paycheck. Do you honor God in your giving, putting him ahead of other financial commitments?
I commit to give Him the first consideration in every decision. When you make a decision, whether it’s big or small, do you honor Jesus by seeking his will?
There are three different kinds of people who’re interested in Jesus–the curious, the convinced, and the committed. It’s like an archery target with three concentric circles. The outer circle represents the curious, the middle circle represents the convinced, and the inner circle represents the committed. So the bull’s eye is where God wants you to be: he wants you to be one of the committed.
What does your commitment say about whether you are all in?