What does it mean to go all in with God?
I recently read the book All In by Mark Batterson. I highly recommend it. While reading this book I was confronted with the question “what does it mean to go all in with God?” This book challenged me and convicted me in all the right ways.
I started thinking about what took up my time that was getting in the way of me going all in with God. For me it was Facebook and school. Now, let me say this first. Neither of those things are bad, but in my own life they were hindering my relationship with God.
I was convicted to take a break from Facebook indefinitely. I spent so much time on Facebook and naturally went to it when I was bored. So, I eventually had my husband change my password. I knew I made the right decision because it hurt to give it up.
The harder decision was to withdraw from school this semester. A large part of my identity has been my intellect and becoming someone. Part of that identity was to become a college graduate. Part of my calling is to counsel people and counseling is what I was (am?) getting my degree in.
I honestly don’t know if I will be enrolling in school again. I do know that I was very clearly told to withdraw from this semester. I was using school as an excuse to not spend time with God and love people right now.
It scares me that I don’t know whether or not I will graduate from college. It seems like a waste to me, but I’m more scared that if I don’t listen to God now I will miss what I am here to do.
I really loved this quote form Batterson’s book All In “God cannot reveal his faithfulness until we exercise our faith.”
So, here I am in faith. I have faith that God knows what He is doing in my life. Whether or not I become a college graduate doesn’t matter. Perhaps I will finish school, but if I don’t I know that I quit for the right reason.
You can’t let anything or anyone get in the way of you pursuing God. It doesn’t matter how good or noble it is, if it isn’t bringing you closer to God it isn’t for you.
This quote from All In really stung me, “We’ve got just enough Jesus to be informed but not enough to be transformed.” Ouch. I want to be transformed by Jesus, don’t you?
But we become so wrapped up in our ambitions that we forget that our main mission is to serve God and love people. It doesn’t matter how we accomplish that as long as we do it.
What is holding you back from going all in with God?
“Mans chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever” Mark Batterson