All in or all out

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Matthew 12:30.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 11-13.

Following Jesus is not a part-time arrangement.

No, this doesn’t mean to quit your family and job and head overseas somewhere!  That’s a false concept.

If I am committed to following Jesus, I will do it wherever I am located.

Each of us is at a specific location right now.  Our Godliness must be in full bloom where that is.  I cannot verbally abuse those in the household I’m in and then inform them that I am off to a nearby mall to witness.  My “witnessing” must be done where I am at.

That being said, I may feel led by God to go to the mall and witness.  However, I am all in here before I am all in there.

God knows my heart.  He knows my intentions.  He knows my fears.   I talk “all in,” but will I consciously live that way?  Not in my own strength!

Over and over again, I reference my need to be close to God.  Maybe a better way to put it would be that I need to be all in.  “Close” can have variations.  “All in” can’t.

“Lord, I commit to all in with You, Father.  There is no other arrangement I want.  Prick my conscience when I give You anything less.  Show me how to live all in.  I need to activate that lifestyle.  Help me, I beg.”

I must be all in with God.  The alternative is all out!

 

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