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?
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.Colossians 3:13 MSG
Ever feel the sting of rejection? It’s like those rocks in the quarry. You pick one up, inspect it and throw it back down. You may do this all day long until you find that one perfect stone you want to keep. Sometimes we may pick up the rock we think we want just to toss it back into the pile before we go. Often times we pick up treasured rocks and then just put them away for later or forget about them all together.
Sometimes this is how we are as humans looking for that perfect person to spend our life’s deepest secrets with. Maybe we do it when we are seeking friendship. What if the marriage or the friendship doesn’t work out like we wanted it to? What happens to those “rocks”? They get thrown aside or just plain forgotten about.
I myself have felt rejection right from the get go. Never thought I was meant to be born. Hardly had any friends in school. I was teased and picked on. Friends rejected me in all areas of my life even just recently. So how do I deal with this injustice? Here is my simple true answer: Jesus.
Do you know that God hand picked you? He chose you out of a pile of rubble and inspected you. Yes He saw your flaws. Yes He was well aware of your faults. He even knew you were not qualified for the purposes He had for you life. Nevertheless He picked you up, dusted you off and you became His treasure. My eyes brim with tears as I picture Him in the quarry choosing His stones.
We are not what we see ourselves and no matter how many times rejection has come into our lives, He always chooses us. He picks us up and holds us close to His heart. He begins to polish us and clean off our ugliness. He takes time and is patient in His work because He loves us with all of His heart.
I want you right now to stop what you are doing. Close your eyes after you read this. Imagine God standing in a quarry of stones. He is looking for one to use for His purposes. He may pass over the shiny one. He might even have to move some rocks around until He finds you, the one He has been searching for all this time. You are the chosen one. Chosen by God for a specific purpose. Just marinate in this picture for a moment until you feel the love of God permeating your every fiber. Friends, this is how much He loves you.
The Message (MSG)
7-8 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
How many of us have sat in church service after church service and gleaned valuable information about God and the Bible? Now, how many of us have taken that to the streets and shared it? The New Testament tells us to tell all the nations. Share the Good News with everyone you meet! Why do we find it so hard to share the Awesome News of Jesus everywhere we go?
We are like squirrels. Yup! Squirrels. We find a seed. Stalk it out. Make sure no one is looking and then we bury it, often not knowing where it is in a few months time. In Michigan we have an abundance of forgotten about seeds call Oak Trees. I think it might just be God’s humor but they multiply and so do their leaves. Any way, I digress I bit. God gives us seeds to be planted in others. We accept Jesus, go to church and learn how to teach others about Jesus. Why does it seem like the message stops at the pew?
This is a plaguing question for many of us. We want everyone to be saved yet we know there is rejection out there and we have had enough of that so we are going to just bury that seed in our hearts and we will use it when necessary, when we come across just the right person. Now I know that we are to keep the Word of God hidden in our hearts so I am not talking about that at the moment. I mean spiritual truths that might win somebody to Christ. Words of wisdom that may make a person go, “Hmmmm, that does make sense.”
So I encourage all of us not be like those squirrels who gather and bury all day long. Let’s be doers of the Word and start planting seeds which will grow into fruitful trees of life which can be found resting along the river banks. If each one of us planted one seed the moment we left church say at the grocery store or the local park, could you imagine how many people could be reached for Jesus? Plant seeds, remember where you plant them and watch life happen right before your eyes! Oh, and one more thing…..someone once planted a seed in you.