I’m In!

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It’s November 2, 2016. The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians are in Game 7 of the World Series. It’s do or die. They’re in extra innings, and the Cubs are leading the Indians 8-7. Somehow, Michael Martinez doesn’t ground out and is on first base. Let’s say you – like me – are an Indians fan. With only one out left in the game, an angel appears to you and says, “I am a messenger from God. Somehow, the MLB rules have been changed, and one random fan can take a swing to win it for the Indians. God has ordained that you can take that swing and win it for the Tribe. Are you in?”

I would be. If God told me that he’d given me the talent and ability to hit the walk-off World Series winner, I’d jump at the chance. Of course, I’d be nervousto the point of a ridiculous nervous sweatbut I’d like to think if God asked me to do that, I’d have the courage to do it.

While this would certainly never happen, as it is more than outrageous, God can, and often does, invite us into the outrageous life.

Romans 12:1 (The Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

Like our World Series example, God has given us what we need to serve him and live the outrageous life to which he calls us. It might be scary. You may never have stared down a 95-mph fastball before, but when God calls you to do something, saying “I’m in” is the very first step. Paul makes this simple; you don’t need to think of something extravagant (like a make-believe baseball scenario) to live the outrageous life he called you to. You just need to see your daily life as an offering to him. That prepares you for the moment when you recognize an opportunity to say “I’m in.”

Do you think you’re a person who naturally says “I’m in” when God calls you to do something outrageous? Why do you think that is? What gives you the courage to follow his calling?

Is God calling you to do something outrageous? If so, what? If not, how can you prepare yourself for when he does call?

Next Steps:
Today, take every opportunity to remind yourself of the life to which God has called you. Let any action you take be an offering to the gracious and outrageous God we serve.

Heavenly Father, you are so good. You are of infinite worth and greatness. Thank you for your word, and thank you for calling me to an outrageous life. I know that following you will not be a boring, run-of-the-mill life. Instead, I know that it will be an exciting and outrageous life. Help me to be ready to say “I’m in” when you call. I ask this in the name of Jesus, amen.

This post was written by Andy Rectenwald. Andy has a passion for bringing the Bible to life for people, for Christian Apologetics, and for the Cleveland Indians. He is married with two young children.

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  1. Dave Schoeff
    Dave Schoeff says:

    Hi Andy. I started to comment about “…the cool analogy of a random fan …” But then realized, that the fan in your story was anything but random! That fan was appointed! I need to pay better attention. Who knows what appointments I’m missing.

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