“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev 3:15:16
There are three approaches to life with God:
1. All In
2. All Out;
3. On the fence
Sitting on the fence is actually a range—it covers every approach between All In & All Out. Many of us sit on the fence. I mean, we do believe life is better with God—but, our belief is more notional than not. We get busy with careers, families, finances, and rarely think about actually applying the life and truth of Jesus, to our own, complicated lives. And so, they become indistinguishable from the lives of those All Out.
Jesus calls those who sit on the fence “lukewarm,” and is particularly frustrated by us: “because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16). We fence-sitters mistakenly presume we’re doing okay faith-wise—not as well as we could maybe, but okay nonetheless. Therefore, Jesus’ words are startling and challenging—and force us to consider All In.
So, what does All In require? The world tells us, too much. But, that’s wrong. It doesn’t require more than we can give. We’re designed for All In. Jesus isn’t some out-of-touch “high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). He understands our lives. He knows what he’s asking. All In doesn’t require we be perfect; we couldn’t. It requires a soft heart―a willingness to try, genuinely, to use Jesus’ life as a pattern for our own.
Okay, so what do we do?
The All In prayer:
Set aside a couple minutes today.
Quiet your surroundings.
Shut the door.
Turn off music.
Quiet your mind.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften your heart.
Now, speak directly to Jesus, and say three plain, simple words, “I’m All In.” That’s it.