“And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.”
The verse above is not the first time that the disciples chose to follow Jesus. It is obvious when you compare the Scriptures that Matthew 4:20 happened before the verse above. It was after Mathew 4:20 when the disciples left their nets for the first time that Jesus preached His great Sermon on the Mount. Before the verse above, and after Matthew 4:20, Jesus had healed Peter’s mother-in-law. With this all in context, that means that the verse above is the second time that the disciples left their nets to follow Christ.
You may be thinking, what is the importance of all of this? The answer is found in three words, “they forsook all.” Before this, the disciples had not burnt their bridges to the past. Before this all-in moment, the disciples chose to go back to fishing to make a living. The verse above was the all-in moment when they said they were no longer going back to anything in the old life, and that they were dedicating everything they had for the cause of Christ.
This world will never be changed by believers who are half-in and half-out. There are too many believers who have not burnt the bridges to the past, and leave those bridges there just in case they get tired of serving the LORD. My friend, you may be faithful to church, tithe every week, and even have a ministry in which you are involved, but you will never make a difference in multiple lives, or in your world, until you have an all-in moment when you choose to put your whole heart and dedicate your whole life for the cause of Christ. Am I saying that the all-in moment means that you must quit your job? No. I am saying that the all-in moment is that time when you finally put your whole heart and being into serving the LORD. The all-in moment is that time when everything else doesn’t matter to you, but the only thing that matters is that God does something through your life. Let me give you two thoughts about the importance of having an all-in moment.
First, the longer you wait for your all-in moment, the more time you waste for God to do great things through you. Every day that you wait to go all-in for Christ is a day that Christ can’t do everything He wants to do through your life. When Christ can’t do what He wants to do in your life, people will miss out on the opportunity to get saved, and they will miss out on the opportunity to have their heart touched so that they can choose to go all-in for Christ.
Second, an all-in moment allows you to make an impact on many lives. Oh, you may have an impact on one or two people, but don’t you want to make an impact on many lives? I am not saying that the one or two lives that you are impacting now are not important, but I am saying that many other lives could be impacted if you would go all-in for Christ.
Let me ask you, what is it going to take for you to have that all-in moment in your life? It took the disciples to see that Christ was right about the draught of fishes for them to have the all-in moment in their lives. However, time was wasted from the time that they gave up their nets the first time to the time of the draught of fishes. Let me encourage you not to waste any time to have your all-in moment. Now is the time to go all-in for Christ. I promise you that you will not regret going all-in for Christ, and the rewards are great, not only in the present, but especially when you get to Heaven.