In recent years the poker game, Texas Hold ‘Em, has become wildly popular. Tournaments have arisen all over the United States. You can play online for real cash. For the past decade, ESPN has televised the “World Series of Poker.”
One of the terms in the game is “All In.” It’s what a player says when he is willing to risk everything that he has on the cards in his hand. He pushes all of his chips into the pot and awaits his fate.
Regarding the Christian life, this is what believers say in following Jesus. They are willing to risk everything in their life. They have pushed all their coins into the pot and said, “I’m all in!” Such is the call of Jesus, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
It’s not a blind faith. The poker player doesn’t push all of his chips into the pot without good reason to risk so much money. So also, there is good reason to give up everything to follow Christ. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits his soul?” (Luke 9:25).