Those who halt between two options usually gets neither. One year at the men’s fishing trip at Lake Texoma put on by First Baptist Church of Cottondale, we had a funny story take place that still gets told to this day. On the boat dock, a boat was about to launch out to go fishing. One young man couldn’t decide whether he wanted on the dock or the boat, and he wound up with neither. When the pastor asked him how far he fell into the water, he replied, “almost to the bottom, but not quite”.
It is humorous thinking about someone falling into the lake due to indecision, but it is another thing altogether when a Christian falls into ruin because of the same blunder. There are far too many believers who can’t seem to make up their mind if they want to serve the Lord or not. Lukewarm, they progress through their faith as if they don’t want to get too close to the Lord or He might disappoint them. Halfhearted effort is put forward and a fear of losing the world clouds their judgment.
God has the best life for you. He knows you and loves you, and desires to lead you to the place of absolute surrender to Him. In his book, Dangerous Duty of Delight, John Piper presents the argument that Christian hedonism is a worthy pursuit. At first reading, I thought the man had lost his mind. The pursuit of my happiness is not Christianity, I thought. Hedonism and Christianity don’t belong in the same sentence… better the same paragraph! But the more I read, the more I came to the conclusion that he was right. My pursuit of God in my life is really a pursuit of my greatest good. What could be better for me or afford me the truest and riches joy other than Jesus? To be complete in Him is to truly be complete.
It amazes me that seven tribes in Israel were unwilling to go and claim the land promised them. Joshua scolded, “how long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you?” God had given them everything they needed to be victorious and possess the land. The major battles were won, and only some skirmishes with left over inhabitants remained. They were unwilling to go forth… I wonder if it had to do with their comfort or fear.
Victorious Christian living is not without battles. You will have many difficulties and challenges ahead when you go all in with Christ, but it is the greatest decision you will ever make. The choice to pursue all God has for you and allow Him to be everything in your life is never the wrong decision.
Decide today to go all in and quit teetering on the fence. Make a decision to get serious about this thing called Christianity and be exact what God wants you to be.
Daily Scripture Reading
Joshua 16 - 18
“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.”