All In: You Are One Decision Away from a Totally Different Life
by Mark Batterson
A century ago, a band of brave souls became known as one-waymissionaries. They purchased single tickets to the mission fieldwithout the return half. And instead of suitcases, they packed theirfew earthly belongings into coffins. As they sailed out of port, theywaved good-bye to everyone they loved, everything they knew. Theyknew they’d never return home.When he came there was no light.
A. W. Milne was one of those missionaries. He set sail for the NewHebrides in the South Pacific, knowing full well that the headhunterswho lived there had martyred every missionary before him. Milne didnot fear for his life, because he had already died to himself. His coffinwas packed. For thirty-five years, he lived among that tribe and lovedthem. When he died, tribe members buried him in the middle of theirvillage and inscribed this epitaph on his tombstone:
When he left there was no darkness.
When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safeplaces to do easy things? That faithfulness is holding the fort? Thatplaying it safe is safe? That there is any greater privilege than sacrifice?That radical is anything but normal?
Jesusdidn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.
Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It’s storming the gates of hell.
The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan.
The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical.It’s normal.
It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely atdeath.
It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All.
Pack your coffin!