Gina Caswell Kelly
Have you heard the phrase “all in”? You see it a lot these days. Actually, if you are on social media, you likely see it as “#allin.” Almost always, it is sports connected. Athletes use this phrase to mean they are going to leave everything they have on the court or field or wherever their sport is played. All in is a great concept, but can you really and truly be all in at all?
The truth is that this is untrue, for the most part. If you are an athlete and going for that all in attitude, you are going to try to give everything you have but the reality is that life is still going on and interfering with your plans. You can be as “all in” as you want to be, but there are those nights that the shots just won’t fall. Or you have a job that you care much about and you want to be all in, but again, life enters in and distracts you from being all you truly meant to be.
But, with Jesus, all in is truth. As a Christian, it doesn’t matter what else you are doing, if you are all in with Christ, He is there with you. Farming, being a homemaker, working for the water department, athlete, teacher, student – it just doesn’t matter! Everything you do as a Christian, Jesus is with you. The Holy Spirit is guiding and helping. Life as a committed Christian is the only true “all in!” But, there is good news! The fact is even if you are not an all in Christian, even if you are, as my daddy would say a bit “backslidden,” the Holy Spirit is still all in right beside you urging you to commit to that all in attitude.
So, what does this look like? For me, all in is about making a difference in the world around me. This is how I want to live my life. The best way to make a difference is to be all in in my thoughts and actions. All in in what I allow to take up residence in my mind.
I did a Bible study once call the “Mind of Christ.” It was life changing for me. I began to look at everything I said, did or thought through the eyes of Christ and I began to see how very much of what I was doing was not done through an all in mind set. I could probably stand to go back over that study again today. My mind set has begun, once again, to be more colored by the world than by the God I serve. But, this brings me back to the nature of of my Savior. I don’t have to work my way back. He will meet me where I am and guide me back into that all in presence with him my heart truly desires. I just have to tell Him I am ready to try again and ask Him to forgive me and He is welcoming and eager to walk with me through everything life throws my way.
I just have to walk back into His arms with a repentant heart, and He offers me a life of grace, joy and peace.
Do you want to be “all in” in whatever you are doing? It all starts with being all in with the Savior. All in with the Savior leads to all in in every area of your life!
Follow His plan. Walk in His way. Don’t let “all in” just be a phrase you use because it is catchy. Live an all in life with Christ. It will make a difference!