All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
- Publish Date: 2015-01-20
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Mark Batterson
The Gospel costs nothing.Â You canât earn it or buy it.Â It can only be received as a free gift which is compliments of Godâs grace.Â It doesnât cost anything, but it demands everything.Â It demands that we go âall in,â Â putting all that we have into Godâs hands.Â And thatâs where we get stuckâin spiritual no man's land.Â Weâre afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer.Â Itâs not true.Â
The only thing youâll miss out on is everything God has to offer. Â And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you. Â Readers will find Battersonâs writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas.
No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. Â If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? Â The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice.Â At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didnât give back to God. What we didnât push back across the table to Him.Â Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out.
The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all.Â Itâs all or nothing. Itâs now or never. Â Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King.Â Itâs also an act of disowning yourself. Â Nothing belongs to you. Not even you. Â Â
Batterson writes,Â âFor many years, I thought I was following Jesus.Â I wasnât.Â I had invited Jesus to follow me.Â I call it inverted Christianity.Â And itâs a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. Â Thatâs when I sold out and bought in.Â When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? Â Itâs a daring plan.Â Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.â