33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. –Matthew 6:33
I talk a lot about going all in with God. Recently, I got a message from someone asking me, “What does it mean to go all in with God? What does that look like?” That’s a great question! I thought I’d share my thoughts here:
Don’t Worry About All of Your Junk – You don’t have to quit doing anything to go after God. The church won’t burn down when you walk in. Your only job is to be open and to pursue God. When you pursue God, He’ll clean up your junk.
Repent and ask Jesus to Come into Your Heart – This is where a relationship with God starts. It starts with you admitting you need a savior. Then believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that you believe that Christ died for you and rose from the dead so that you could have a relationship with God and spend eternity with Him. Then asking Him to come into your life. It’s that simple. If you’ll pray that and truly mean it, I promise you that your life will never be the same.
Go to Church – This is extremely important. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to go to church as often as you can. If you don’t get anything out of church, odds are you haven’t found the right one yet. Go to a different church every week until you find one you really like. Once you start, don’t stop going to church.
Read Your Bible – If you’ve never read the Bible, start in the New Testament. Read a chapter a day. Pray before you read. Ask God to speak to you through His Word. Highlight verses that stand out to you.
Get a Spiritual Mentor – We should all have coaches in every area that we would like to grow in. Find someone who you look up to spiritually and ask them to help you grow in your walk with God.
Surround Yourself with Other Believers – Join a small group. Start serving in your church. You need strong Christians around you to help you throughout your journey.
Prepare for Persecution – When you truly go all in with God, people won’t understand. Your friends and family will think you’re nuts! Don’t worry, this is normal. Everyone I know who is walking with God has experienced this. In order to get through the persecution, remember this principle:
The Twenty Years Later Principle – My favorite preacher often talks about obeying God and says this, “In the beginning, everyone will make fun of you and say that you’re nuts. Oh… but twenty years later . . . who’s in a position to help who?!?! Twenty years later, they’ll pat you on the back and say, “You did good. I wish I would have done that earlier.” While I’ve only been walking with God seriously for ten years, I can absolutely say that this is true. Be willing to suffer some short-term persecution, in the long-term, you’ll be in a position to help all the people who persecuted you. They won’t be making fun of you, they’ll be asking you for help. Trust me.
Realize that Feelings Come and Go – Sometimes you’ll feel the presence of God everywhere you go, sometime you won’t feel anything. Don’t rely on feelings. You relationship with God isn’t built on feelings. Be consistent in pursuing God day in and day out, regardless of how you feel.
Surrender Your Will for God’s Will – Constantly ask God what He wants you to do with your life. He has a plan for your life and I promise you it’s a 100x better than any plan you could come up with for your life!
Serve – Get involved at your church! Volunteer someone! Give your life away. You’ll make friends with incredible people and you’ll experience the fulfillment that comes from serving people.
What other ways do you think there are to go all in with God?
Which area that I mentioned do you need to act on?
If this post helped you and you believe it could help others, please recommend it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, and the other social media sites listed below. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Leave a comment below! Thank you!
I would also encourage you to subscribe to this blog via RSS feed or e-mail! You can sign-up for e-mail by typing your e-mail address in the box on the left hand side of this site that says “E-mail updates”.