Matthew 13:44 (NKJV)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Ever seen someone a little uncertain about getting on a boat? It’s funny watching them do the split—one foot on the deck and one foot in the boat.
It’s not so funny when you see people live their lives like that.
There comes a time that you have to be all in about a few things.
As a pastor I can’t tell you the comfort and courage that those “all-in” members were to me. They were not on board with me so long as I catered to their needs, desires and demands; they were there no matter what. Sure there were other churches and other options; but they were wedded to their church…they were all in and they were the ones that carried the church.
And speaking of “wedded”, the couples that make it and have fulfilling and enriching lives together are the ones that draw a line in the sand and the concrete and say, “For better or worse, I’m all in.” “Divorce is not an options, quitting is not an option, no matter what, you can count on me, I am all in, I am committed to our marriage.”
The sad thing is many people live their entire lives and never really intentionally commit to anything or anyone. They’re always looking over their shoulder for a better deal. In every relationship and every commitment they are hedging their bets and weighing their options. And the sad reality is they never really achieve true success and significance, for both require full and total commitment.
- The ONE THING for today: You know you are intentionally committed when you are intentionally doing something about your commitment. And by the way, your intentionally will always show up on your calendar and in your checkbook.
(RE: Tithing) “Some say, ‘We’ll take this gradually. We’re starting with 5 percent.’ But that’s like saying, ‘I used to rob six convenience stores a year. This year, by His grace, I’m going to rob only three.’” _Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle p. 65