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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Being All In"

Date published: 05/25/2010

Luke 9:58 “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’" (NIV)

Jesus was responding to the statement in the prior verse made by someone seeking to follow Him - “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow You wherever You go.’" This man got a quick lesson in the cost of discipleship. Discipleship is a lost devotion to God in today’s Christian culture. Christians today often pick a church where they can hide or can be comfortable instead of where their giftings from God can best be used. Christians often avoid activities that involve uncomfortable situations instead of ministry opportunities to show the love of God. A Christian’s response to God often stops where sacrifice begins. These same traits were probably prevalent in the hearts of men in Jesus’ time which prompted His response. You would think Jesus would have focused more on recruiting by making His potential followers feel more comfortable – not by telling them they would have no place to lay their heads! Jesus knew that someone desiring to follow God and to be used by Him must be sold out. Knowing the importance of discipleship, Jesus challenged the core belief of those who sought Him to see if they really wanted to follow Him. This man was challenged that he might not only have to give up everything, but also not even have a place to lay his head! Jesus also knew that those who were “all in” were the most usable by God and would experience God’s full abundance and peace. Luke 9:23-24 says, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” What do you want your relationship with Christ to look like?  Do you want your relationship with Christ to reflect one toe in, or do you want to be “all in” – willing to give and sacrifice whatever it takes to please and be used by Jesus? Luke 6:38 says, “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."  Those who are all in will experience not only more of God’s work in their lives, but also experience more of the living God Himself!

John 12:24-25 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (NIV)