Written By Jodel Wright
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
How many of us are poker fanatics? Or maybe you have seen a movie, or know a friend who plays poker? Not everyone likes playing poker, but there are fundamentals in poker that are directly related to the way in which we live our lives as Christians. See, in poker everyone receives an amount of poker chips; some receive more than others. Everyone surrounding the poker table has the freedom to make choices of their own. One can choose how many poker chips he wants to put in. However, in order to play, everyone has to put in a certain amount of chips. Usually, as the game continues to make it’s way, there are either one or two individuals who go “all in.” This means that you put every chip you have in that round, because you trust that the cards you are holding will help you win that round.
Like Christianity, we too have the freedom of making choices. We can choose how many hours we want to spend reading the Word of God, what church we want to attend, but how many of us go “all in?” The individual playing poker has faith that the cards he is holding will help him win. How many of us have that much faith in Jesus, that we can go “all in”?
In the New Testament, Jesus calls us to be His disciples. To live a life set apart from the world. He wants us to be “all in”.
For many of us, there are things in our lives that we are holding onto, that we need to give to Jesus. He wants all of us! Going through four years of college was such a difficult time, yet a blessing in my life. I learned how to trust in Jesus more. I learned how to practically live a life that reflects my Lord. The difference between poker and Christianity is that in poker you are not sure if you will win, even if you go “all in”. Think about it, you can lose it all!
But what is there to lose in Christ? When we decide to live a life where we put all our chips in Jesus, there is only Heaven that awaits. We have certainty in our Lord of eternal life. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We have it promised, and God never goes back on His promises.
He wants us to live “all in.” I am not sure where you are right now in your relationship with Jesus, but I know there are things in my own life that I continuously have to give to Jesus. My friendships, my relationships, my family, my finance , my education; yes my entire life. This may look like you and things Jesus is asking you to give to Him. Take some time and think about those things. Pray about it and allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to go “all in.”
Living a life that reflects Jesus is the greatest life you can live. Putting all your trust in Him is the greatest thing you can ever do. Don’t look around the table waiting for others to go “all in,” but trust in Jesus and put your entire life in His hands because you have already won, once you made a decision to follow Him; Heaven’s gates are open!
Jodel Wright. ’98.6 Too Cold’ Guest Blogger