10.25.2011

All In


I was asked a question recently by my brother. He leads a group of men on Saturday mornings and had presented a lesson on being “all in”. The question he posed had me choosing three people from the Bible who I felt were “all in” for God and why. All in. The topic might not have jumped off the screen and into my brain with such rapid force except I had just finished reading an article about ripping the roof off in faith. When more than one source talks about the same topic, it usually gets my attention. My brother’s email said it so well that, with his permission, I’m sharing it here:

“So I ask myself, "Am I all in?" Am I willing to undergo the ridicule of friends and family to do something that makes no sense to our teeny weeny brains? Am I willing to enforce tough love to get a job done and cleanse the temple? Am I willing to let go of my family and obey God no matter what? Just thinking about it makes me extremely emotional. But I know my Redeemer lives, and I can do all things through Him. He doesn't ask if we can or want to do it, he simply says do it. What am I going to do? OBEY!!! Why? Because I DO love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and mind.”

TIM SCHMID

Now I pose a question, are you all in? Am I? I pray each one of us is all in for Jesus, that we are willing to rip the roof off to get to Him just like the group of friends in the Bible were willing to do to get their sick friend to His healing touch. If we can but touch Him…dear friends, let’s be all, 100% in.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have started to write you about this many times. Each time I sat down and thought about that line "am I willing to let go of my family" and froze. I wasn't hearing the rest of it, "I can do all things through him". We make God's word simple to understand or complicated. I tend to fall into the second group and struggle mightily with interpretation. Then I remembered an incident that happened when I was much younger. A girl I knew had been seriously injured in a car accident. She was out of school for a year. When she returned she wore heavy braces on her legs and used a walker. Slowly she impoved until she only wore the brace on one leg. It stubbornly refused to heal. The last week of school included a hospital visit for her about that leg. She was hoping to get it cut down to her knee. As a surprise to her I ordered roses and at the last second slipped a card inside the box that read from Matthew 19:26. With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. She returned to school glowing with excitement with a brace actually below the knee and only one cane! So maybe this was the meaning I was wrestling with. The thought of leaving my family behind makes me tremble. I can barely think of it without wanting to cry. But I don't have too because with God, all things are possible. That was my duh moment for the day. Took me a couple of weeks to come to an understanding that I could grasp with my puny brain. But God is good to me and the spirit kept working on me until I got it. It's like learning the 'new math' when I was in 4th grade. I have to unlearn before I can learn. - emily