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This Year Go All In!

We’ve all been there. We were tired, wore out, had enough, and said, “I think I’m just going to do enough to get by.” It might have been enough to get by, but it wasn't anything to be proud of or share.  I’ve never met anyone who said, “You know what I didn’t really try or put any effort into this, but I’m super proud of my half-hearted attempt.”

Half-hearted effort never accomplished excellence. Half-hearted commitment never built a great marriage. Half-hearted devotion never created a deep relationship with God. As I think about how God relates to people I see that he often meets us not in our excellence or perfection but in our wholehearted commitment. I think this is what we call faith. Faithfully living our lives for God. Sunday we started a series titled "All In" and it's about going all in for Jesus this year. Our lives are best lived with wholehearted commitment.

Jesus calls us to total commitment. Jesus’ very life was lived all in for God. Whether Jesus was teaching, healing, or travelling it’s clear that he was doing it all for God. After he lived his life this way he turns to his disciples and tell them they have to do the same thing.
Mark 8:34-35 (NIrV), Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples. He said, “If anyone wants to come after me, he must say no to himself. He must pick up his cross and follow me. If he wants to save his life, he will lose it. But if he loses his life for me and for the good news, he will save it.
Do you see what Jesus is saying? He is saying that you can live your life in one of two possible modes: 1) All in for Jesus, 2) Not all in for Jesus. One or the other, not both, not in the middle, it’s a switch that has two positions - “All In” or “All Out.” The question is, "Will you live your life all in for God this year?"