All or Nothing

My Utmost for His Highest, Updated EditionI have been reading from My Utmost for His Highest. The other day, the selection was about giving everything to God. What does it mean to do this? Can you really give all or nothing?

Giving my life over to Jesus is a matter of internal commitment, not external things and emotions. Chambers writes, "The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being in total bondage." You see that Peter, upon seeing the resurrected Jesus, immediately jumps in the water to get near Him (John 21:7). He wanted to be with Jesus, and wasn't thinking about anything else.

I also read in Exodus 36:1-5, where the Israelites gave more than what was needed for the construction of the tabernacle. Here's the thing -- everyone doesn't have to give 100% of the need. Giving all or nothing isn't about the external amount, but about the will of the heart.

If a body of people would just give faithfully -- and maybe a little sacrificially -- God could do so much.

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