There’s a major sporting event happening at the moment, and even if sports aren’t your thing, I can guarantee that you know what it is. That’s right, I’m talking about the State of Origin.
You can tell true NRL fans by the way they get behind their team. They wear the latest jersey. If you walk down my street you can see the die-hard fans proudly flying their team’s flags out the front of their homes. They own that Samsung 60-inch LED HD TV (with every other letter of the alphabet) with a satellite dish antenna just to get better reception as well as picture-in-picture capability so they can watch more than one angle at once. They have their spot in the lounge room on the recliner. They’ve got mini-fridges to store their drinks. When it comes to game day, time is meaningless. Money is no object. All our efforts are a joy. A true fan is all in.
In the New Testament in the book of Matthew we find Jesus telling the story of a pearl merchant.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
When it comes to loving Jesus, we’re meant to show that type of surrender. As Jesus points out in the story about the pearl merchant, He is worth more than everything we could ever own, because Jesus is the source of all blessing.
We see how this works itself out in the book of Acts chapters 2 and 4 when the early church is growing at an extremely quick rate, and the followers of Jesus are eyewitnesses to remarkable things happening through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ followers freely, eagerly and joyously sold possessions and belongings. To the followers, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus and helping His people was worth more than anything else. They trusted God that they would have all they needed.
When it comes down to your relationship with Jesus, time is meaningless. Money is no object. All our efforts are a joy. A true follower is all in.
-Simon Hutton, Chaplain