All Gave Some, Some Gave All

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

John 15:13

I like the quote "All gave some, some gave all" that reminds me that there is a tremendous joy in giving our all. Every time I read that quote I am reminded of a cute story that illustrates the point well. The story is about a bunch of farm animals that wanted to bless Old McDonald on his upcoming birthday with a surprise birthday breakfast. In the barn some of the animals met to discuss putting together the breakfast and what each could bring. The cow said, “I’ll provide some milk”, and the chickens chimed in, “We’ll supply some eggs” and after a few minutes they realized they still needed some more donations to make the breakfast complete. The cow that was leading the discussion turned to the pig and said, “Hey Mr. Pig, would you please bring the bacon?” All the other animals agreed that would make the breakfast complete. Mr. Pig hesitated to answer and the cow went on to ask, “Don’t you want to bless Old McDonald on his birthday? Mr. Pig responded back, “Why yes, I’d love to bless Old McDonald on his birthday but you are suggesting that I give way more than all the other animals.” “How so”, said the cow? “The way I see it” said Mr. Pig is, “Your gifts will cost you little, and my gift will cost me everything.”

Some say that God has not called us to give equally but to give the same sacrificially. It’s been said like this, “Not equal giving but equal sacrifice”. Not everyone gives sacrificially as many do give more than just some, some give their all, and thank God for those of you who do. Jesus gave it all when He went to the Cross and died in our place. He didn’t just give some, He gave His all and because He gave His life completely on that Cross you and I have the ability to experience eternal life starting now.

Sometimes in life more than just some is required, sometimes in life only our all will do. That is the call of the Christian life. Did you know, beloved of God that Jesus wants all of you? Jesus doesn’t want some of you or just a part of you; He wants all of you because when we go all in we are free. You never have to live with regret when you give your all. Giving our all doesn’t mean we will win every time, but it does mean we don’t have to live with regret thinking about what might have been.

There are no special prizes for mediocrity. The Bible warns against lukewarmness and half hearted anything. God desires our best knowing the satisfaction we find when we give our all. The same joy and satisfaction that filled the heart of the Father when He gave us His Only Begotten Son is ours when we give our greatest efforts in the same spirit like the apostle Paul who said…  

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20


Michael Osthimer





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