“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.