"We need to be all in."
That was a statement made during a family discussion this week. We were talking about following the Lord and what it takes to truly walk with Him. That statement stuck out to me during the conversation.
ALL in. Every part. Every little iota. Every moment of obedience in every thing.
Jesus said it this way in Luke 9:23 (NASB 1995):
"And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me."
Paul then reiterated it this way in Galatians 2:20 (NASB 1995):
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
ALL in! In ALL things!
But for a believer to truly start that process, they have to begin with denying themselves, and most often that denial must begin in changing our focus away from ourselves. As Paul says in Philippians 2:3 (NASB 1995)
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves…"
Almost every problem/sin on and around this planet stems from NOT walking these things out in practical life.
If you are thinking, "Well, what do I get out of ALL in?" and/or "I don't want to deny myself", it is a probably sign that you are not in a passionate and intimate relationship with Jesus. You should begin seeking Him to lead you into one with Him.
Once you come into a place of deep passion and intimacy with Him, not denying yourself and going ALL in, will clearly be to you the profane thing that it is.
So, stop sitting poolside and seek Him for a relationship with Him where you want to dive ALL IN!