You’ve heard that said as someone pushes their stack of chips across the table as they hold what they believe to be the winning hand. But what does it really mean?
The day I said yes to my husband, I fully committed my love, my devotion and my life to him.
The day we sold our house and bought the farm. We were 100% committed to this move.
The day we moved Shaun’s parents in with us to live together and take care of one another.
All of these things took full commitment. We had to be all-in or it wouldn’t work.
As Moses prepared the priests for their role in the tabernacle, each action symbolized their commitment to be all-in.
“And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot. And he brought Aaron’s sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.” (Leviticus 8:23-24)
Just as was directed by God in Exodus 29, we see the anointing of the priests here in Leviticus. But these two verses stood out to me as odd. The ear? The thumb? The toe? God’s design for the priests wasn’t just partial participation, it was for full surrender.
Even today, God calls not just pastors and missionaries to fully surrender to His will, but to all of us as Christians.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
As Jesus spoke to the rich man who felt he had done all the right things his whole life to inherit the kingdom of God, the truth came out about where his commitments and heart truly were.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:21-22)
Are you willing to surrender? All of it? Every sin in your life? Your will for His way? Will you let go of your control and allow God His rightful place? Will you say, I’m all in Lord?
Here I am Lord, send me.