“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all you heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’” Matthew 22:37-38
As a college athlete, I remember one certain practice when coach stopped practice, yelled, and then kicked every single player out of the gym. Why? Because we were doing everything he had taught us with half the heart, half the effort, and half the positive attitude. There is not a coach that would accept not being “all in” in practices or games; we serve a God that won’t either.
We can all be tempted to be partially committed to Jesus. This can include what we do on Saturday nights not matching up with what we do on Sunday mornings, caring more about what people think instead of what God knows, or finding our identity in what we do in the sports arena instead of Christ. When Jesus gave us the greatest commandment, he was calling us to GO BIG. Go big in our faith in Him. Go big in our love for Him. Go big in our commitment to Him.
Jesus doesn’t just expect this from his followers but set the example for us as our leader. He went big with His commitment to us by sacrificing His life for us.
Like Jesus, when we GO BIG it means we are ALL IN!
- Has there ever been a time when you did not give everything you have in practice or game? How did your coach react?
- What does it mean to be partially committed to Jesus?
- How can you Go Big in your relationship with Christ?
“Lord, help me to be committed to you with my whole heart and mind. I want to love, serve, and sacrifice just like you taught us to do. Thank you for loving me with your life, I want to Go Big and commit my life."