Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 - Are You All In?

The last month has been incredibly hectic (in fact I’ve been on the road today for 15 hours…) June included trips to NC, GA (twice), the Dominican Republic, and now I am sitting in southern Florida. To put it simply, I am “all in” in this ministry; I am “all in” for God!


As I was sharing last week in a dedication message at a camp I encouraged them to give their all for the Lord; not in order to gain His favor but because as believers we have received His favor. In salvation we see that God made a full commitment to us and asks us to simply believe in His finished work. (He was “all in”, even to the point of death on the cross (See Hebrews 12:2.) So Romans 12:1 tells us that is only “reasonable” that we respond in kind… freely forgiven, forever grateful!


Yet let’s be honest… we live in a world that seldom understands commitment. In the words of Mr. Incredible, “…They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity…” What has happened to the pursuit of excellence? Why are people not driven to excel? About the only place where that seems acceptable any more is in athletics (and even there they want everyone to get a trophy – in other words rewarding those that didn’t work as hard just like those that did.)


In the church we have lost the battle cry of “onward Christian soldier” and replaced it with blending in. I believe we should be pursuing excellence in everything we do (as unto the Lord – Colossians 3:17, 23.) No one on the planet should be pursuing excellence more than believers. We have a never ending ceiling of motivation: honoring the One that was “all in” for us!


We are admonished in the Scriptures to run like we are striving to win… to press on toward the goal… to walk worthy… etc.


Are you “all in” for Jesus in all you do? It is time for a call to commitment and excellence!

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