The Test of the Cross

Choosing Jesus Over Everything Else

“If Christ Be Anything He Must Be Everything”


The late Charles H. Spurgeon wrote “if Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Savior of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.” While reflecting on this powerful statement we should all contemplate is Christ is truly everything to us? God is very jealous, He is not willing share us with anything or anyone. From God’s perspective a relationship with Him is hit or miss, 100% or 0, or as put Spurgeon put it “everything or nothing.” There is no such thing as a part-time Christian. If a wife expects her husband to give his best effort to her (and vice versa) how much more does God expect from us. Having a relationship with God requires a full commitment that goes beyond till death due us part. He calls for us to have an eternal obligation to Him. Everything we do should be what is acceptable to His will and should be done to His glory. If we are to have a relationship with God we must realize there are rules He put in place to ensure the relationship’s success. A relationship without rules does not work, because it eventually leads to abuse. Jesus said “if you love me you will obey my commandments” (John 14:15). At the same time rules without relationship is false religion because it does not include Christ.  

We must understand what it means to have a true relationship with God. To have an authentic relationship with Him is to be a completely committed follower of Jesus. One of best books I have ever read is Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman (I highly recommend it). In this book Pastor Idleman goes through great lengths to show only those who are willing to give up everything for Christ are His real followers. Being a Christian, i.e. a follower of Christ, is going cost us ourselves. When we enter to a relationship with Jesus we are signing a contract that states we no longer hold ourselves as the top priority, but now we hold Him as the highest priority. To have Jesus at the top position in our lives is to say whatever Jesus wants, whatever He ask that is what I will do no matter the cost. Do not be discouraged by the cost of following Jesus, because the benefits by far outweigh all cost. Those who choose to reject Christ’s invitation to follow Him may seem have great success on this earth, but this only temporarily. Eternality awaits ever person and only those who used this current life to follow Christ will be able to enter into heaven. The rest will spend their eternality in constant anguish, in constant pain, in constant regret, in a continual Hell. It is most important that we set everything in this world aside, and follow Jesus. “What profits a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul” (Mark 8:36)? It is not God’s wish that anyone go to Hell, so if salvation means anything to us, let us make Jesus our everything.

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17 thoughts on ““If Christ Be Anything He Must Be Everything”

  1. I think for many they stop at accepting Jesus as Savior and end their journey at that point and think that mere forgiveness is enough. People don’t think so much about making Him Lord over all our lives because of our sinful nature is inclined to run to do the opposite of what God wants so I think that for some “Christians” is a 50/50 relationship. People tend to “Love” God for the forgiveness of sins aka Salvation package….but the whole surrendering your will package that accompanies salvation is often tossed to the side becuase we live in a world of convenience. Some Christians are living with a “convenient to me” attitude that they don’t realize they are serving two masters. You can’t love one and not hate the other…you can’t serve two masters because a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. I think I’ve rambled on with my 2cents here.

    Great post Brandon. You speak on something that is rarely approached so I hope that people understand that if they want God’s 100%, you also have to give him your 100% in the relationship. Don’t follow nor be deceived with the devil’s percentages of committment to God which will never equal 100% in a relationship that calls for 100% committment.

  2. Like many so-called “Christians,” you seem to be seeking to limit God’s love, which strikes me as contrary to the fundamental message of The Nazarene. Moreover, you seem to wish to strike a bargain with God: I follow these rules and I get in to heaven – a very exclusionary heaven from which many good people would be absent.

    • Brandon on said:

      God’s love is only limited when people choose to reject him. Also heaven will be an exclusive place. Those who do not enter into heaven are excluded because they chose not to follow Jesus. Everyone has a choice they can either accept Jesus or reject Him. Accepting Him will lead to heaven and rejecting Him will lead to hell. It does not matter how good a person is, this is standard God uses to judge people. I am praying for you. God Bless

      • Tabless Tom on said:

        So YOU choose to believe. It is you who seek to place limits on God’s love, not God, and certainly not Jesus, whose message was one of inclusiveness. I’m fairly certain, too, that when you say “follow Jesus” you interpret that narrowly, meaning “accept Him as your lord and savior” rather than a broader sense of modeling your life after Him. While He walked the earth, Jesus never asked anyone to “accept” Him in the way you doubtless mean, nor did He establish a strict code whereby some are admitted to heaven and others condemned. You envision a God who is, ultimately, a fool. The worst murderer, rapist, child molester gets in because as the needle punctures his arm he mouths certain words, while a Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist who’s led an exemplary life of charity Christ-like magnanimity burns in Hell? I’m hopeful God’s standards are more enlightened than those you impute to Him.

      • Brandon on said:

        One who truly accepts Jesus will model their lives after Him. God hates all sin and we all have sinned. However, God loves us so much that He offers us a way out of sin and that is salvation found through Jesus Christ. So if a murderer, rapist, child molester, ect. genuinely asked Jesus for forgiveness and followed Him than they would go to heaven. All roads (i.e. religions) do not lead to heaven. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

      • Tabless Tom on said:

        “One who truly accepts Christ will model their (sic) lives after his?” Really? How do you know this? You offer no support for this contention unless you’re simply contending that if one does not so model his life, then he hasn’t truly accepted Christ. A convenient way of defining your way around a problem, but if in fact that’s the definition that applies, I expect heaven will be sparsely populated indeed.
        You hang a lot of your theology on that “I am the way and the life” quote, but even assuming it’s accurate, how do YOU know what was meant by it? Perhaps He meant live a life like mine – that is, open, accepting and loving – and THAT’s how you get to the Father. If so, many who’ve never even heard of Jesus live lives that may provide them a heavenly admission ticket.

      • Brandon on said:

        Everyone will have a chance to hear the Gospel. I base everything I believe off the Bible. So I will leave you with a few scriptures I pray they help alleviate your doubts. God bless

        John 3:16
        For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

        John 14:6
        I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

        Matthew 16:24-27
        Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

        Matthew 7:13-14
        Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

        Mark 9:43-48
        If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.

      • It’s thoughtful of you to attempt to alleviate my “doubts,” but I’m afraid you conflate beliefs different from your own with “doubt.” One thing I do doubt, tho, is your contention that “everyone will have a chance to hear the gospel.” Once again you offer no support for this claim which seems on its face contrary to common sense. To cite merely the most obvious refutation, the millions born before Jesus couldn’t possible have heard. Does the timing of their birth consign them to the flames?
        You may well base your beliefs on the Bible, but God imbued us with brains and the capacity for reason. These are immense gifts and God would probably be miffed if we chose not to employ them but instead confined ourselves to adherence to a questionable dogma.
        Finally, if God is the source of everything, then He must be the source of the capacity to doubt. It would be rather scurrilous of Him to plant that characteristic within us, but then slap us with eternal damnation because we refuse to foreswear its use.

  3. A friend of mine tells the story of a visit he had with a person from overseas. This person said he prays for the American church. His prayer is that we become persecuted so we will grow stronger. I fear that is what it might take. Thanks Brandon for a well writen post.
    Mike

  4. Anonymous on said:

    GREAT POST!

  5. GREAT POST! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU GUYS IN YOUR KINGDOM ENDEAVORS!

  6. Hello Brandon,

    Thank you for such a timely word, because this is truly a word in season! We must leave all to follow Jesus, and turn from our worldly ways! It is most certainly all or none for Jesus, because He will have no less! All or none for Jesus, give Him your all and be blessed! Jesus is the way, He is the truth, and He is the life! No man will come unto the Father except by Jesus, the Christ! Thank you for sharing this word! Continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

    Paulette

  7. Matthew on said:

    “For they preach but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” Matthew 23:3,4

    “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

    I have come here to be stoned for my crimes. Let the one who gives Jesus 100% of their life, 100% of the time, cast the first stone!

    How can anyone be saved if this be the pathway to glory?

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

    Confessing one’s utter sinfulness and powerlessness and relying on Christ and Christ alone for justification and sanctification (which is salvation from sin and death) is the pathway to glory.

    “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

    Following Jesus is relying on Jesus. So if we follow Jesus 100% it means we are relying on Jesus 100%. Jesus is asking for nothing from us, but that we depend on him just as the branch depends on the vine.

    Isn’t that liberating?

    “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

    Jesus will have our everything, just as soon as we stop trying to be something. As long as we are still something to ourselves, Christ isn’t everything to us. And this is the denial of self: to deny that we are anything, to deny that we are capable of anything, and to totally depend on Jesus for everything. This is grace, this is the Good News!

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