All In

“But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:62

Listening to a politician on the news this past week he made a statement that has stuck with me and one that I believe you and I should prayerfully consider in how we approach the issues of life we face each day. The politician was speaking of his meeting with the president. He said that our president on his recent visit to our southern border was “cordial but noncommittal.” After listening to the entire news segment I was reminded of an old saying by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for evil to persist is for good men to do nothing.” Maybe “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” makes more sense.

God is searching for men and women and young people who are both cordial and committed. There is nothing God honoring in being, “double minded” the book of James tells us and is why Jesus would say plainly, “if anyone desires to come after Me let him first deny himself then pick up his cross and follow Me.” It’s pretty obvious that the Christian life is a life of commitment, so much so that the church in Acts referred to Christianity as “the way” not “a way” amongst many options. Being a Christian means being fully committed, so much so Jesus would say, “no greater love has anyone than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” You can’t get more committed than that.

The Cross is our proof of Jesus commitment to us and the proof of our commitment to Jesus is our faith in Him that is evidenced by our commitment to serve the Lord just like Joshua who would declare publicly and without hesitation, “But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” May the world say when they meet us, “they were cordial and committed.” Let’s go all in today!



Michael Osthimer





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