I'm all in
Have you ever noticed you needed to lose weight (haha keep reading!!), and wonder why that is when you've been working out, but realize its because you like sweets a little too much?? Or how about doing a project with the intentions of it being the best work you've ever done, but you procrastinated so you didn't do as well as you planned?
Been there, done that. More often than I probably should, but don't we all??
Later on we beat ourselves up about how we look or our final grades, knowing that if we would have just given those things our all, then things could be different. A change could have been made. We had a choice, but chose the wrong option. We can't expect the results we want if we don't follow all of the rules or expectations laid out for us.
With God things can feel that same way. We are sinners and we often feel as if we are not enough and he isn't pleased with us. But did you know that God has already forgiven you for everything? We don't even have to ask for his forgiveness. Of course we should repent and acknowledge what we have done wrong, but he instantly forgives. How cool is that?? God doesn't hold grudges or make you feel any sort of shame or guilt. He desires for us to live freely.
But unlike failed projects, diets, or relationships, where we did not try hard enough, we need to be all in with God.
In Colossians, Paul writes to inform the church of Colossae and their false teachers of who God was and tell them about his greatness and glory. He tells the church to put to death what belongs to their worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. As well as getting rid of anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language. He tells us to take off this old mask that is filled with all of those terrible things, and put on this new clean mask that is filled with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. He also tells us to forgive yourself and others, just as Christ has forgiven you.
In order to be all in with God we aren't allowed pick and chose which worldly things we are going to do. He does not just simply give us a list to be checked off, and we also can't tell ourselves that only doing one of those things is okay when God tells us that it isn't. We aren't truly following him if we only obey part of what he says.
Make God your first priority. Make him apart of every aspect in your life. He's always here and is waiting for you to let him in to your life.
So often when talking about God, we are asked what we do to spend time with him, and we limit our time to just church or just our quiet time in the mornings or our prayers right before bed, but my challenge for you and myself, is to not put Him in a box. Make this quiet time become your life. Let us not put a limit on our time with him. Play worship music on your way to work or school or even while you're cooking supper. If you are stressed about something, stop and talk to him wherever you are. Listen for His voice and His wisdom in your daily conversations.
Once you commit your life to him and decide to go all in, spending time with him won't be a struggle. You'll be so fired up and want to learn more and more about him. Christ is so incredible and I, like Paul, don't want anyone to miss out on his beauty. His unspeakable love and joy and grace is unbelievable, and I can't help but to smile when I think about Him.
As you go about your day, I pray that you know how much God loves you and wants you to have this amazing joy filled life that can be found in him.
Don't be afraid to dive all the way in!! God's waiting with open arms!!!!