I’m sure everybody is familiar with the hokey pokey? It’s tells us to put our left arm or right leg or some other body part of our body into the circle, shake it, and then “turn yourself about.” Then it says to, “Put your whole self in …” And apparently that’s what it’s all about.
Well, sort of reminds me of the lesson from the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2 when he writes:
“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
Now, that is what it’s really “all about!” “To present your bodies” is Paul’s way of saying, “Put your whole self in.” The entirety of our lives should be a sacrifice of worship where we offer our whole person to God. When it comes to following Christ He calls for us to “All In!”
There used to be a term thrown around in church circles called “Compartmentalized Faith.” Think about an apartment with all its rooms. When we want to be entertained we go to the living room and watch TV. When we want to rest we go to the bedroom and lay down. When we want to be fed we go to the kitchen to eat. Well, then consider one room is for matters of faith. When we want God to bless us we go to that room.
Simply put, this refers to those whose faith doesn’t really impact or influence the other areas of life. They are attentive to their faith with it suits them, when it’s convenient, when they are in need and they visit that room from time to time. But faith isn’t to be packed into a compartment of our lives. It should be the house of our lives.
It is like the conversation that took place in the barnyard between a hen and a pig. The hen and the pig were talking to each other, discussing the problem of human hunger around the world. They decided they would do something about it. So the hen said to the pig, “Alright, this is what we’ll do. I propose that every morning, we provide a ham and egg breakfast to hungry people.” The pig looked at the hen, and said, “For you that only requires involvement; for me it requires total commitment.”
God wants every single ounce of who you are and your affections. He doesn’t need your money; He doesn’t need your time; He doesn’t need your talents. He wants you. And, if you give Him you, all those other things come along.
One of the problems we have in churches today is that people are still coming, trying to receive something, rather than to give something. People say, “I didn’t receive much from that worship service. I didn’t like that music,” “I didn’t like that sermon. I didn’t get anything out of it.” But, the whole point of coming to worship is not to get something; it is to offer something, to sacrifice something. That’s what it’s all about. You come to give something. If you give something, you will generally receive something out of it.
Worshiping people are changed people. It is reflected in their walk, their talk, and their personality. When we give ourselves to God we live, not a self-centered, but a Christ-centered life. This happens when Christ comes into a person. They become a new person; Their mind is different, for the mind of Christ is in them. Rather than allow the world to squeeze us into its mold; we allow Christ to shape us into his likeness.
The primary goal of worship is transformation. The only way transformation can occur is to give ourselves totally to God so the mind and power of Jesus Christ can indwell in us. And when that happens, every moment, every activity of life, we are like Jesus.
So, think about it … are you “All In?” Or do you just put in a hand or a leg when you want shake it all about until you feel better about your faith? What God wants from you is you… all of you, not part of you … full-time you not part-time you. That, is what it’s all about!
Kyle Blanton, Pastor, Pee Dee Baptist Church