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Tuesday, September 30th

Forgive me for not having been up to date on my posts for our Deeper - Not a Fan Campaign. With all the travelling I've had to do of late it has been a difficult schedule for posting devotionals ... that said ... I will do my best to do better over the remaining two weeks of the Campaign!  

Picking up right where I left off in my last two posts regarding the questions I'm asking you to challenge yourself with during our Deeper - Not a Fan Campaign...

Luke 9:23 If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Are You All In?


One thing must be clearly understood ... being a follower of Jesus requires complete commitment. Plain and simple.  A follower of Jesus will do whatever it takes to follow Him.  They're absolutely loyal, completely committed.  (During the remainder of this post ... Think: "The Man That God Could Not Stop" kind of commitment that Bishop preached about Sunday.)

On the whole, as humans and unfortunately too often as Christians, we don't do too well with absolute commitment, do we? I think I would be safe in saying that we prefer selective commitment.  Simply put, we customize Christianity.  Oftentimes, we look at our relationship with Jesus and say, "I'm going to follow Jesus, but I'm going to kind of pick and choose the areas in which I will follow Him."  Ever heard another "Christian" say (or caught yourself saying) something to the effect of, "Well, I'll follow Jesus, but don't ask me to forgive the person that hurt me.  I'm not going to let go of that resentment.  I'm not going to let go of that bitterness.  I deserve that."  Or, "I'll follow Jesus, but don't talk to me about my money.  I work hard for that money."  "I'll follow Jesus but don't tell me to abstain from these sexual desires.  I can't help the fact that I have these desires.  Don't ask me to abstain.  I'm a follower of Jesus, but that won't stop me from getting what I want."  It's customized Christianity that says, "Well, I follow Jesus, but only in the areas that are comfortable (pretty much the total opposite of the Apostle Paul and the situation Bishop preached about Sunday, huh?), only in the areas that I agree with.  I'm a Christian but I'm not all in."

Well, then you're not a Christian.  You're just a fan.  There is not an option of selective commitment. It's not a possibility. There is no bargaining, no bartering, no finagling.  When you decide to bcecome a follower of Christ, you've got to go all in. And fans, they don't like the idea of going all in.  They're not wild about having to make sacrifices, or about having to deny themselves of something they desire or crave.

But if you've answered why you're here from my previous post, then it will be pretty easy to figure out if you're all in.  If you weren't here for the right reasons, chances are you won't be willing to go all in.  

So, in defining our relationship to Jesus, we've asked:
1) Why Are You Here?
2) Are You All In?

Tomorrow we will ask...

3) "Have You Made It Your Own?"

Until then...
~Pastor
 
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