Deciding to follow Jesus is an “all in” commitment. It is not Jesus plus something else. Not a little bit of Jesus here and a little bit of another “god” there. Jesus is not just one of many ingredients we combine to try to come up with our own recipe for happiness and fulfillment. He doesn’t want to be just a cross hanging from your neck or a tattoo on your arm. He wants to be the Lord of your life. Every part of your life!
In the Old Testament, the Israelites struggled with commitment. They claimed that The Lord was their God, yet they worshiped the gods of the people around them. Despite all that God had done for them, they didn’t think He was enough. And the prophet Elijah placed before them a challenge that we all are presented with. Either choose to follow the One True God or choose to follow something else. We cannot have it both ways.
How long will you waiver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. – 1 Kings 18:21
There are a lot of “gods” fighting for control of our lives. Whether it is money, pride, success and so on, or the gods of other religions that claim to compliment Jesus, we cannot allow any area of our life to be surrendered to another “god”. We must cut down the Asherah poles and follow Jesus alone. When we stand before our Creator, we will be judged based on what we did with Jesus, and we will get no credit for just sampling Him.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21