In my life I’ve discovered that quitting does not come in an all or nothing package. Quitting can come in little increments. One small concession in an area of life can become the single point of failure, or the first of many small concessions. Tomorrow is my Air Force fitness assessment. Part of that assessment is a mile and a half run. (Which is why you’ve heard a lot about my running.) The run portion of the assessment has a maximum time that every runner must beat or the test is a failure. You don’t have to walk off the track halfway through the run to fail. You can fail by simply letting your body quit just a little each time around the track. A two-minute lap time can easily turn into a two-and-a-half-minute lap time. Without realizing it, our little quittings have turned into a big failure.
In our lives we may be tempted to quit just a little, holding back just a little when God is asking for nothing more than our all. Do we pretend that we have given it all? Like Ananias and Sapphira found out, lying about giving everything can have serious consequences. In the other John 3:16 (1 John 3:16) we know the love of God because he laid down his life for us; therefore, we ought to give it all for each other. King David wanted to honor God by building him an altar. He went to the threshing floor of Araunah to buy it from him. Araunah offered to give the threshing floor, the instruments, the oxen to David. However, David refused to take the gift from Araunah. “No, I will surely buy it from you for a price. For I will not offer anything to the LORD my God that costs me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24.
In our lives, in our trials, in our sufferings, in our triumphs, let us be willing to give God our all. Step back and watch God do great things with our total surrender.