The Gospel costs nothing. You can't earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God's grace. It doesn't cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go "all in," a term that simply means placing all that you have into God's hands. Pushing it all in. And that's where we get stuck - spiritual no man's land. We're afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It's not true. The only thing you'll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you.
Listeners will find Batterson's writing filled with his customary vivid biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan, and Judas. No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn't give back to God. What we didn't push back across the table to Him. 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. It's all or nothing. It's now or never. 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. It's also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.
Batterson writes, "For many years, I thought I was following Jesus. I wasn't. I had invited Jesus to follow me. I call it inverted Christianity. And it's a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. That's when I sold out and bought in. When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? It's a daring plan. Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous."
©2013 Zondervan (P)2013 Zondervan
Religious,Theology, Christian Living
Very positive for life/ But its like listening to the Circle Maker.
Not repeating stories in other books.
Van Tracy did great
Great Work Mark.
This book is one that I'm going to have to listen to over and over again it has so much incredible content it's definitely going to change my life. I'm sure in a year from now I will be able to look back and see how dramatically my life has changed because of this book
Yes...the message is solid and convicting.
While I like the message, I didn't like fact he stated things over and over again. It reminded me of a pastor who can make his point in 10 minutes but proceeds to take 40 minutes to do it...
So, now what ? ! ?
Laugh or cry ? yes to both
This is an excellent "follow-up" to Circle Maker, i.e. now that you know what you know, what will you do about it ? Are you "All IN" or what ?
Have alreadyl listen to it twice. Maybe because I am Holy Crazy
Mark Batterson is a great author and motivator.
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