It was recently my daughter’s birthday. 4 years ago, Anna Grace was born, and the next day she changed our lives for the better, making us a family of four.
Our son Nathan was only 16 months of age at the time, but he could tell change was coming. He always slept just fine in a crib or a pack-and-play, but that last night as an only-child was different. He would not leave my side and spent the night sleeping on my chest for the first and only time.
In everything he does, Nathan is ‘All-In”. Whether it’s a video game, or a race, or getting to take a bath first, that 5-year-old always gives it his all in hopes of coming out on top. I rarely have to wonder if he has tried his best. I love his determination.
I wonder how many of Jesus disciples had similar characteristics. We know they were all-in. Look at Matthew 4:18-22. This is when Jesus asked four men to leave everything they had, and follow Him.
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
Look at the adverbs that describe the response of thee four men.
God asks you for that same commitment. When you decide to follow Jesus, you are surrendering your own desires in exchange for what He wants for you. That sounds scary at first, but as you learn His ways, by walking closely with the Lord, you will find that His way is best.
My ‘All-in’ son is learning that.
Last week, he told me about an event he had been keeping inside for months. As we were doing bedtime prayers, he sadly told me ‘I want to tell people about Jesus but I can’t.”
I asked him why he couldn’t tell people and his answer broke my heart.
“I tried to tell my friend Liam that God washes away our sins when we are baptized but he said that he didn’t believe that, and just walked away.”
I told him I was proud of him, but that didn’t seem to help any. Then I told him that God was proud of him for telling Liam about Jesus, and you should have seen his face light up!
My heart exploded with joy because my son wasn’t telling his friend about Jesus because he wanted to please me. He was doing it to please God. Do you think that’s a good definition of being ‘All-In?’
What about you? Are you All-In for Him? You can decide to go All-In today!!
*I want to hear from you if you want to go deeper with Jesus and be ‘all-in’ for Him! Email me and let me know!