Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Are You All In?

I have an aversion to water, well not water in general, the kind of water you swim in.  I never learned to swim.  I’d like to blame my father, I’d like to but I can’t.  However I do remember a story he told about his WWII Navy experience.  Apparently the Navy expected its recruits to be able to swim – the gall of them.  They had a very good test – they supposedly threw you in a pool.  As the story goes they broke both of my father’s thumbs trying to rescue him from the bottom of the pool.

So it is only on the rarest of occasions that I go near a pool.  To make matters worse I hate cold so if a pool isn’t heated to 104 degrees it is just another reason to stay out.  I usually start with my big toe and try to advance to my knee caps all while at the kiddy end of the pool.  It is torture.  Occasionally I immerse my whole self in the water, it’s extremely rare that I am “all in”.  Parents ask me not to come to the pool when their little children are there for fear that my moaning, groaning and thrashing about might leave an indelible mark on their psyche.

This made me think that more often than I’d like to admit my faith in Christ may not be all in.  There are daily tests as to how committed I am and often I don’t do well.  For example have I availed myself of every opportunity to witness to someone with whom I’m having a conversation?  Did I remember to start and end my counseling sessions with a prayer?  Am I anxious about the time it has taken to sell our house?    Ironically I am less anxious about starting a new business in a new city once we move – maybe I’m just in denial.

Do I submit to my wife out of reverence for Christ? (Ephesians 5:21)  Do I love my wife as much as I love myself? (Ephesians 5:25)  Can I honestly say that I love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and spirit?  Probably not based on my behavior.  Can I say I love my neighbor as much as I love myself?  You have to be kidding.

So what does it look like to be all in for Christ, accepting the fact that I am in the midst of my sanctification process (becoming more like Christ)?    Do I at least display the Fruit of the Spirit?  Is there evidence that I am more faithful, gentle, good, joyful, kind, loving, patient, perseverant, and self-controlled than I was five years ago?  What would my wife say?

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