We’ve all done it at least once right?
Okay then. Math has never been my strong suite. To this day, when I pay with my card at a restaurant and the waitress/cashier asks me to sign and there is a “tip” line, I write “MATH” and then put the total at the bottom.
Friends have caught me doing this and they laugh. I laugh too. They laugh because I’m bad at math. I laugh because I know I am but I’ve found a way around it.
When I was 11 my parents became missionaries and we moved from Effingham, South Carolina to Dar Es Salaam Tanzania. Here is where it began. The start and end of my gambling addiction. It lasted for 3 months but I like to play it up.
I remember the rush, the feeling, the drive. At some point in time, while you’re betting, you get that twinkle in your eye. It’s the, “I’m about to win it all.” You get happy on the inside. That happiness is drowned by fear That fear is dried up by confidence and that confidence is waterboarded by intimidation. The cycle is nerve ending.
If you have never felt a similar rush or fear in your faith walk then I’m gonna assume that there’s something wrong with you.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says,
Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the lord and turn away from evil.
“all,” “All,” “ALL,” “ALLLLLLLLLL.”
Wait a minute all?
Everything and anything?
How does one even begin to accomplish a feat like this? Trust. That’s it.
Jesus requests all of our chips.
Your time, talent, treasures, abilities, insecurities, burdens, worries, cares, faults, weakness, and etc. That’s just naming a few.
Think of a thing in your life that you take you take full reign on. Got it? Yeah God wants that. I’m not on some “Let go, let God” cliche. I’m talking about really relying on God.
Christians are called to live different, act different, de bifferent.
Take your godly life and it’s attributes and put them in a column.
Take your peers’ ungodly life and it’s attributes and put them in a column.
What’s setting you apart?
Church twice a week?
Quoting a couple of sentences from an old leather bound book?
Good moral values?
Is that it?
Should that be it?
None of Jesus’ teaching have ever encouraged us to live all cool, calm, and collected.
Matthew 16:24 says,
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
There is no casually following. Jesus isn’t wearing a stripped shirt, a monocle and a visor but He knows you, He loves you and He knows that trusting Him and going all in is a gamble you’ll always win.
Will you? Can you? What’s more important in this world than that? Go all in.