Are You All In?


imagesDuring my devotional time this morning I was reading in the book of Luke. One thing that kept standing out to me was the radical lifestyle Jesus wanted for His followers. Two times during my reading today He sent His disciples out with just the basics. Multiple times He talked about not worrying about the things of this world, but be concerned about the things of the Kingdom of God.

All of us have seasons in life when we tend to worry more than others, and if we are totally honest that is our natural bent. However, Jesus always calls us to do what is not normal by the worlds standards. It is easy for us to get caught up in our daily lives: family needs, money, job pressures, loneliness, and our own wants. Life the way Jesus intended is much more intentional.

Living the Christian life has to become a daily intentional pursuit. Most people wake up and go through each day waiting for life to happen. Yet when you read the Gospels you see Jesus never just walked through life haphazardly. He knew exactly what God wanted Him to accomplish. I know what you are thinking “ yes, but He was the Son of God’. That is true, but do most of us really pray “ God what do You want me to do today and use me to accomplish Your will”.

In our modern terms we would say “ Are you all in?”. Jesus wants it all without any hesitation on our part. Are we totally committed or are we too focused on what we want and what we want to



About Mark LaGrone

Discipleship and Assimilation Pastor at Collierville First Baptist Church outside of Memphis, TN.
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