What’s one thing that you’ve never understood? One thing that has always puzzled me is when people say, “he’s a huge Christian.” Okay that’s not a bad thing, I’ve just never understood how someone could be a huge Christian. A while ago a couple of friends and I talked about how we like attending church. One girl said, “I love attending church–not that I’m a huge Christian or anything, but it just feels empty when I don’t go.” Obviously, this girl believed in Christ, but the fact that she had to mention she wasn’t a huge Christian caught my attention. I caught the slightest hint that she was embarrassed to be known as a huge Christian.
If you seriously considered what people refer to when they say, “he’s a huge Christian,” what would you think they meant? The way I understand it, it means they’re just plain Christians. My whole life I’ve never met one person who didn’t believe in Christ. If I did I was too young to think about if they were or if they weren’t. Yet I’ve heard the term “huge Christian” a lot in my teenage life.
Can one person be a mild Christian? If that was possible what do you think it would mean? A mild Christian might mean he believes in Christ, he goes to church, he helps in his congregation– he just kind of keeps it quiet and simple. A huge Christian might mean he flies to different countries to preach, he joins mission groups, he thanks the Lord for everything, he makes it a point to follow God’s word, and he seeks God’s guidance in everything.
According to that a person can be a mild or a huge Christian. But is being a mild Christian really satisfying? We can believe in Christ, we can go to church, we can help in our congregation, but to me the whole idea sounds empty. There’s something missing. Athletes might understand this. Let’s say you’re on the basketball team and you just sort of waddle around the court, dribbling the ball. You shoot–ah, you miss. So, you walk away, popping your bubble gum, then slump down on the bench. You’re a basketball player. Not a very determined one, but still a basketball player. You notice there’s something missing about your game. You’re just not all in–in it to when it. In the meantime, your couch gets frustrated.
So, what happens when one day you decide to go all in? Your feet fly across the court, dodging every block, you know exactly what you’re doing. You know when to pass the ball, you know when to shoot, you even know when to take a risk. While the couch smiles to himself. The difference in you is like night and day. You suddenly enjoy basketball more. You’re playing the sport, not just waddling around the court. It’s the same way with Christians.
You see, we can be an indolent basketball player, we can be a mild Christian, but what’s the point in it? If we always play basketball carelessly; if we always live a mild Christian life, then what’s the reward? Play basketball carelessly and we’ll never win. Live a mild Christian life, we won’t feel the comfort, the freedom, the happiness that comes from leaning completely on Jesus. No one can rightfully win without giving it all he has. No one will feel a reward without giving it all he has. In sports we must give it all we have, in life we must give it all we have. When we can’t go further, that’s when we push harder. Except as Christians, we have Jesus to pull us through. When we think we can’t go any further, He says we can. If nothing else, He pulls us out of the mud and pushes us in the right direction. So, with His help, we push harder. When we struggle, when we nearly give up, we push harder. We jump to the next level with strength and courage– going all in. Because we know our reward is great.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 NIV
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14 ESV
Like it says in the verse above, we are a mist that appears for a little time. We’re here one day and gone the next. Often, I’ve heard of stories where someone’s life could have ended in a heart-beat. It always reminds me that no one is sure of his time on earth. So, would we rather sit back in the little time we have, or would we rather go all in with everything in life. And when we die we will not be remembered as the ones who lived life covered in fog, but the ones who went all in. Our life might be short, but with the life we live here, we have a great chance of inspiring others. And the greatest reward above all: we have eternal life. (John 5:24) In Matthew 6:24 we read a man can only serve one master. No one can serve two masters: he will love one and hate the other, he cannot love both. So, let’s focus on one thing and go for the goal. Letting nothing distract us. What are we waiting for? Let’s be “huge Christians,” let’s be great athletes, let’s go all in.
To be continued . . .