Being All In For God

Morgan Nash, writer

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A few days ago, I wrote down a prayer in my prayer journal:

God, I want to not only receive your word but live it. Help me to live a life like you. Help me remember my standards. Give me an understanding of what to let go of or rid of my life in order to devote my life fully to you. I want to live for you. I want to be all in, God. Help me, Lord. Help me be all in for you.

The day after I wrote down this prayer, I opened up my 40- day Bible study, Even More, to the topic for the day. The study was titled “Be All In”.

Of course, I was instantly drawn in to read every word. As I read, I became more and more in awe of my heavenly Father.

The author hit the nail on the head. She explained that sometimes, as humans, we tend to compartmentalize, or break our lives into different sections. After we do this, we sometimes believe that we can exclude God from certain sections (36).

The author also gives an analogy to how compartmentalizing really affects our life by comparing our life to a house with several different rooms.

She says, “When you asked Jesus to save you, it was like inviting Him into the foyer. He willingly came in, and it was all good. But as you continue to move about your house (life), there are certain rooms or closets that you keep shut off from Him. Sure, He can look at the foyer all He wants, but open up the closet? No, thank you” (37).

We all have “closets” in our lives. You may have a closet in your life that you are too ashamed to let God into. You may have a closet that you aren’t willing to let go of—one that you grasp onto too tightly. You may have a closet in which you store meaningless clutter—clutter that is useless to you and your house, but clutter that you don’t want God to clean out. You may have a closet in which you spend most your time—a room you feel your life would be boring without.

We may think that we are better off by keeping the closets shut in our life. We may think that we know best, and that we will be happiest if we hold onto things in this world that God asks us to give up, but when we do that, we are truly the ones missing out because God has something amazing in store for each and every one of us. All we have to do is to be all in for Him, trusting Him every step of the way.

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