Are You All In As A Christian?

poker-chips-3-1422891-1600x1200An “All In” Lifestyle

In December 2011, the New York Giants adopted the motto “All In” after hearing a motivational speech by Gian Paul Gonzalez during a chapel service. The immediate impact of this speech is truly amazing.

This “All In” lifestyle, as Gonzales calls it, caught on in every facet of the Giant franchise. They even placed the motto on towels to remind the team and to show the fans their commitment. Oh, and they went on to win the Superbowl that season too. They were 7-7 when Gonzales spoke to them.

While “All In” is best known as a poker term, it certainly well represents the idea of a full-commitment standard that can be applied to almost any area of life.

The “All In” Christian

Being “All In” as a Christian means, as Paul phrased it, to “run in such a way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:24). It means being comfortable with being considered as “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11) in this world. And it means “making the most of every opportunity” sent your way on a daily basis and in a determined and deliberate way (Ephesians 5:15-16).

Being an “All In” Christian means living in a way that puts Christ and obedience to Him first and that does not adhere to the shaky (yes, that’s putting it kindly) morals of the surrounding culture. It means staring that culture in the face and saying, “I’m not going to be molded by you!”

While being “All In” essentially looks different for every person, every person who is “all in” needs an unprecedented level of passion and commitment. They need to find another level, a higher standard, for which they continually reach. They need to find a way to dig deep and refuse to quit, making perseverance a way of life.

Have you decided to go “All In”?

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12 Replies to “Are You All In As A Christian?”

  1. I think that the people who don't stand up for what they believe and live it out daily are the "oddballs" of our world. Remember that if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. If we as Christians are considered "oddballs" than I'm proud to be one and I know of ALOT of others who will not be afraid to say it also.

    1. Unfortunately, it's the ones who take a stand that are singled out. But, we need to do it anyway because we know that we must be obedient to that which Christ calls us to do.

  2. I think we all have our areas where we're holding back a little. I know this is something I often have to confront myself. Maybe it's just comfort. Maybe it's just recognition. It's often something good that we've taken too far.
    Being all-in is often a matter of our hearts.

    1. Interesting that you say "being all in is often a matter of our hearts"… I am teaching a series in our adult CEH class that I titled "The Aroma of Your Heart," and it's all about attitude. We are discovering that our attitudes impact us in uncoutable ways in addition to affecting those around us as well. My attitude, which reflects the intentions of my heart, truly is at the "heart" of whether or not I can be "all in."

  3. Great post, Kari! I love the "oddball" tag! You are dead on with that. While it should not be the case, that classification is even true in most churches. The vast majority of "Christians" are not "all in" when it comes to living out their faith. Those that do are often called Jesus Freaks…

    1. My goal is to be called a "Jesus Freak." Not sure I'm doing that yet, but that's the whole progressive sanctification part, I guess. I've come to accept "being different" for the most part… just need to work on being an "oddball" and okay with being a freak. Hard to not want to fit in with everyone around you, even in church, isn't it?

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