Being a Christian means being all in for Christ. Being a Christian is not something you just choose to be on Sundays. You aren’t saved by going to church every week, and you aren’t saved because your parents are. Being a Christian and being saved means you make that choice to follow Jesus every day. Every single day you have to make the decision to pick up your cross and follow Jesus.
Being a Christian means having a relationship with God. Once you make that decision to follow Christ, you aren't done there. You have to work to grow that relationship. You do that by spending time in His Word, talking to God through prayer, and obeying His Word. It’s just like any other relationship in life. In order for a relationship to grow and be successful you have to spend time together and communicate with each other. You can’t be dating someone and only talk to them once a week and expect to have a successful relationship. The same thing applies with your relationship with God. You can’t let the only time you spend with God be once a week at church. You have to put in the effort at growing that relationship every single day.
Being a Christian isn’t something you can do half way. God does not want us to be “lukewarm Christians”. Revelation 3:15-16 says, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot…So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Don’t be a lukewarm Christian. Be on fire for Christ and let others see it through the way you live your life.
You can’t love and obey God one day, then follow the world and do whatever you want the next. Christianity is the sort of thing that requires you to be all in. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other…” (Luke 16:13). The question we have to ask ourselves is who are we going to serve? Are we going to wake up and choose to follow the world? Or are we going to wake up and follow Christ? We are called to follow God and obey His Word every single day. That is what an all in Christian does. They choose to put God and His will, before their own wants and earthly desires.
The problem we have today is we have too many people calling themselves Christians, but you would never know by the way they live their life. That’s because the way of the world brings short term satisfaction, but in the long run we will still feel empty. The only place to find that long term satisfaction you are looking for is in Jesus Christ. He never fails us. He’ll never leave our side. His love is life changing.
We also tend to only turn and run to God when we need him. Sometimes we get cocky and think, “I’m gonna try things my own way”. This is where we mess up because God’s way is always better than our way. Oftentimes people say it is easy to praise God when things are going good, and we are quick to question God when things go wrong. While this may be true for some, I believe the opposite is true for me. When I’m at my lowest and things are not going the way I planned, that is when it is easiest for me to turn to God. It is easy because I know he can help me, and get me through whatever I am going through. I tend to struggle when things in my life are going right. When life is good, it is easy to forget who got me there. Sometimes I get a little too confident and start thinking that I can do things my way. That’s when I start to stumble and turn from God.
No matter if we are at an all time high or an all time low, we need God every single day. He is the God of the hills and valleys. There is nothing too big for Him to handle. Draw close and lean in to the Lord every single day. Let him be your peace and let him guide your life.
Following Christ is an everyday thing. Give Him the good and the bad, I promise he can handle it. Give God your all. He wants us and calls us to be all in for him, because He is all in for us.