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All Or Nothing

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 1:3, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Background

All or nothing.  If you’re not that type of person, then you know someone who is.  The highs are colossal, and the lows are, too.  The drive for perfection is enormous, and so is the fear of failure.  The speed to react or commit is almost instantaneous, but so is the moment when the interest is lost and the commitment is gone.  One’s expectations are ultra-lofty, but satisfying those expectations is nearly impossible.  And oftentimes, this person achieves more than the average individual, but the cost to their physical health, peace of mind, and relationships can be significant. 

Living in the extremes does not appear to be how our Heavenly Father designed us to live.  There’s not much biblical support for the life of the recluse, the showman, the beggar, or the billionaire.  Loving God with our whole selves and loving our neighbors as ourselves does much to keep us grounded and centered on things other than the two ends of the spectrum.  And well it should, except when it comes to the area of our faith.  As we are reminded in scripture today, Jesus took care of the extremes all the way back at creation.  Every single thing that exists was made through Him, and absolutely nothing was made apart from Him.  That’s it – all, and nothing.

Application

And so, His domain is limitless, and nothing escapes His knowledge and notice.  His net is cast out from one end to the other, and everything is within His grasp and concern.  And so, we should be a tad amused at ourselves when we think that we are holding onto something that might not fall under God’s jurisdiction, or we are refusing to relinquish something that God may not be aware of.  Our heads should shake in wonder when we feel like the anxiety we are experiencing stems from the cares we have that God probably has no time for or cares nothing about.  He is an all or nothing kind of God, and He’s an all or nothing kind of Father.  And when you give Him everything, then nothing could please Him more.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let nothing come between you and God’s all.

Rich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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