ALL IN

The divine call of God to us is to be “all in” for Him. Jesus spoke it in simple terms: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” No leftovers. No entitlements. No reserved, secretive soul closets.

The Apostle Paul understood this truth. He used the phrase “in Him” or “in Christ” 27 times in his writings to the Ephesians. To Paul, it meant that we can have an intimate, vital union through faith between Christ and ourselves. But that doesn’t come while being partial in our commitment.

The benefit is that I get all of my Lord and He gets all of me. Admittedly, He didn’t get the better deal; however, He sees me through His destined purpose. He sees me in process of becoming the finished work He began. And He loves me while in process.

Paul wrote: “I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 1:4b-6]

The “in you” that He works is when we are “in Him.” It’s not only a positional statement but it’s the fullest degree of empowerment.

“Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” [Ephesians 3:20]

I ask myself: Am I ‘all in’?

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