Are you all in? Totally committed to obedience? Completely sold out to God? Let’s take a look at what it means to be “all in” with God.
In Acts 2:38 Peter tells us we need to do 3 things. First he tells us to repent. Repentance is not just “saying” the words. There has to be actions that support our words. The Greek word for repentance means to “turn and go in the other direction”. Turning away from your old life and turning towards God. Repentance is something you “do”.
Our Actions Should Match Our Beliefs
Now, we know we are not saved BY our actions but when we have truly accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in our hearts and not just our head then we WANT to turn away from our sin and turn towards God. When we are truly all in it can’t just be a partial commitment. Our hearts, actions and emotions have to be all in. We can’t hold ANYTHING back! We have to be willing to let our attitudes, actions and words show we are completely committed to obedience.
Will we be perfect at it? No. But when we mess up, we’ll want to make it right. We’ll learn to humbly ask for forgiveness from God and anyone else, if need be, and try to do better the next time. Its not about second guessing every thing you do. It’s about allowing the Holy Spirit to convict you when you mess up and choosing to make the changes that need to be made. It’s a process that takes time. It’s not about perfection but persistence.
Outward Sign of Inward Change
Second, Peter says we are to be baptized. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. It shows the world you are serious about your relationship with God. Even Jesus was baptized so it’s something we need to take seriously.
I was first baptized when I was 9. As I grew up, I grew away from God and if you just met me, you may have said I was a good person, but you wouldn’t have known I was a Christian because there was no real evidence of it in my life. I knew I needed to make some changes and felt like I needed to re-dedicate my life to God so I got baptized a second time to show that I was truly commited to living according to God’s plan.
Getting baptized again may not be for everyone but it helped me to make a statement (for myself more than anyone else) that I was serious.
Our Gift From God
Lastly, Peter says when we are all in and completely committed, THEN we will receive the Holy Spirit who is a gift from God! I don’t know if I can adequately put in to words without sounding too zealous what it feels like to have the Holy Spirit in your heart except to say that there’s just this incredible, unshakable peace that you have and you KNOW God is with you. There’s a joy that doesn’t depend on your circumstances and most of all, a love that goes deeper than anything you’ll ever feel.
Are You All In?
So, I ask you again…are you all in? If not, you can be. All it takes is asking God to forgive you, turning away from your old life and turning towards a new life of obedience to God and THEN your life will change and you’ll never be the same. You won’t “lose your identity”. You’ll find the identity you were created to have! You’ll be better than you ever thought possible!