“… commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.” Deut. 6:6
High atop a rocky cliff, a diver stands ready, toes over the edge, arms held high. With eyes on the choppy ocean far below, he bends and then leaps. With arms outstretched, he soars away from the jagged rocks and toward the ocean. A photographer captures this moment and forever immortalizes the image of a man suspended between earth and sky. With the cliff behind him and the water below him, he is fully committed. There is no going back. There is no plan B.
That’s the picture God paints for us in this verse. Committing ourselves wholeheartedly to the lordship of Jesus Christ means we leave behind our disobedience, our agendas, and our rights to direct our own lives. With arms outstretched, we say to God, “I’m all yours. You’re all mine. There is no going back. There is no plan B.” God never offers the option of halfway devotion. That idea is as ludicrous as a cliff diver halfway leaping. It’s not possible. We don’t give Him a vote on our decisions; we hand them over to Him and follow His orders. Leaping into the arms of Christ can be as frightening as the thought of cliff diving, but that’s what God calls faith. Without it, we cannot please God, because He is wholeheartedly committed to us too (Hebrews 11:6).
Have you tried to pretend that God is pleased with halfway commitment? Maybe it’s time to make the leap.