This was the challenge form Mark Batterson this past weekend. Are you playing not to lose, or are you playing to win?
Obviously the Seahawks showed up to win yesterday! As for the Broncos, I'm not sure what they showed up to do. Sorry - had to throw that in there.
We are called to be teammates with God. We are expected to take the field and play the game. To go all in when it comes to living out our faith. We are to be doers of the word, not hearers only. (James 1:22-25)
Mark left us with the following manifesto:
All In Manifesto
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is
destined to fail without divine intervention.
Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God.
Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.
Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.
Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences.
Enjoy the journey.
Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.
Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.
Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails.
Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.
Take a flying leap of faith.
Quit holding out. Quit holding back.
Push all your chips to the middle of the table.
It's time to ante up all your faith.
It's time to go all in.
It's time to go all out.
Every time I read this it fires me up! It's like a small group member said at the beginning of this series:
"During week one I was asking myself, 'What's a little change I could make in my life?' By the end of week one I was asking myself, 'What's the biggest leap of faith I can make?'"
As a fan we can watch God work in and through others. But the real thrill is when we're willing to take the field and say, "God, I am ALL IN!, work in me and through me!"
I hope you're praying and listening to how God is calling you to go all in! Remember: to know God you have to experience Him. To experience God you have to know Him! Doing is knowing and knowing is doing!
Don't forget to memorize the theme verse:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20
The reading plan for this week: 1 Corinthians chapters 2 through 6. Watch for a daily reminder on facebook. And if you missed last weekend's services, you can watch the rebroadcast this Thursday, February 6th at 7:00pm EST.