Thursday, December 8, 2011

Are you "All In?"

This past Monday I was able to attend Sting's "Back to Bass" concert in Seattle. It was a great show with great musicians singing some great music. Now to be clear, I don't think Sting is a believer or follower of Christ; but one thing he said caused me to stop and consider my relationship with Jesus, and my relationships with others.

It was in the context of him bragging on his wife. He talked about how much she completed him, filled in all his gaps, and how their love for each other had endured. He then mentioned something you don't hear often when couples speak of love; he said that "she also has the power to completely ruin me." In other words, he has so fully given his heart and himself to his wife, Trudy, that she now has a power that could utterly leave him wrecked.

The point is simple; he has moved "all in" in this relationship. And that's the thing about relationships; if you hold back, you risk less, but you also have less rewards. It seems that many relationships today are just that; risk management, almost like (as Sting put it), that people get married with an "emotional pre-nup" not willing to risk certain parts of their heart of life.

Question; are you "all in" in your relationship with Christ, to the point that He could utterly ruin you? Have you risked all your emotions, all your heart and longings? Or are you holding back, simply "managing" your relationship with Him? And for us married types, how about our relationships with our spouses? Are we "all in" or have we bought into the "emotional pre-nup?"

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)

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