What does it mean to give it all? Webster’s dictionary says GIVE means: to make a present of, to grant or bestow by formal action, to put in the possession of another for his or her use, to administer as a sacrament, to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason, to transfer from one’s authority or custody. And the definition of ALL is: the whole, entire, total amount, quantity or extent of. Hmmmmm, so giving it all when you are following after God simply means:
All of me as a present to God in a formal manner, putting me in His possession as a living sacrifice, committing myself to His authority, trusting that when I give my all to Him I am allowing Him to have my entire being, mind, body and soul.
Wow! Until today as I am writing this to you, I think I was deceived into believing that I could just give God what I thought He needed of me at the time. I am beginning to see the light! The light of truth. If we could only come to this place where we just give it all at one time we could see changes in us that may have taken years come to reality in a shorter period of time. Think about it, if you have a string of Christmas lights and it has 300 bulbs that fit in it and you put only one in each day it would take you 300 days before you could enjoy the lights! But if you put all the lights in it the day that you received it, the light would be on from that moment forward.
Now don’t get lost here, I have a point. When we come to know Christ in that one moment of acceptance, He gives us everything we need to survive this world, He gives us salvation and grace and unconditional love and the blessing of the Holy Spirit. What if He only gave it to us one piece at a time? Some of us would be stuck in the mud for a very long time before we came to see the fullness of Christ in our lives! But when we choose Jesus we get it all, it is that moment we should come to believe that we are to give it all to Jesus….all of our garbage: addictions, rejection, insecurities, desires, any brokenness or ungodliness.
However, this is a difficult from the standpoint of how many of us come to meet Jesus. So many of us come with such a hunger for something different yet we are too broken to figure out what part of God we should take part of first. As we grow and mature we soon discover how massive God’s love is for us and we begin to give Him more and more pieces of us. Sometimes we are so overcome by His love that we decide to just give it all to Him. This is what is happening to me right now. I have this overwhelming desire to give every tiny little but of myself over to God. I have come to this place in life where nothing else matters but God and His agenda for my life.
So I am choosing to put all the light bulbs in the string and plug into what God has for my life, are you willing to do the same?