Thoughts about “Going All In”

Many of your may have read the blog post I wrote two days ago about National Community Church’s leadership retreat.  I tend to be contemplative after an event is over or past.  I think over the things that happened in production and also in what was preached, said, done, or communicated.  The theme talked about going “all in”.  It encouraged the leadership of the church and volunteer leadership to commit to what God had called them to do in the church.  NCC has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years.  The focus that the pastors wanted to create was one that communicated a specific purpose and direction for the church that may have been lost in the rapid growth and expansion of the church.  It can be hard to feel a sense of ownership or a sense of familiarity in something that is always changing.  The rapid growth and new ministries and opportunities cannot be fully realized or developed if there are not committed and willing volunteers to back those ministries.  The leadership retreat served as a time of fellowship, encouragement, teaching, empowerment, and vision.  God has been doing some great things at NCC and has been richly blessing their faithfulness.

God has really been impressing on my heart how following Him cannot be a casual thing.  It can’t be something that I do one day and then do less of the next day.  I think of how in Revelation 3, the Lord speaks through John saying that He would rather have the church be hot or cold rather then lukewarm.  Otherwise, being lukewarm makes God so sick that he would rather spit you out!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be spit out by God!  I want God to tell me “well done good and faithful servant” at the end of my time on earth when I see Him face to face.

This may seem like a very basic thought and concept, but it is very important.

On the way home to PA yesterday, I was listening to the new Stellar Kart CD today and the song “Everything Is Different Now” caught my ear.  It talked about getting pulled into what God has for you and what He is doing in your life.  It talks about getting “caught up in your gravity”.  That phrase kind of hit me.  Caught up in your gravity…that is a phrase that is jam packed with stuff.  It implies a “leap of faith”.  It is also something you are drawn to.  It requires a decision that is irreversible and something that you cannot turn back from.  Once you jump into what God has and what He is calling you too, there is simply no turning back; you take that step…that jump… and you start falling further and further into what God has for you and living your life completely devoted to him.

Most of you know my degree is in music.  It has always been a part of me and has always been a way that I communicate beyond just words.  Music creates more of an emotional connection for a human being.  I just want to quote some lyrics from “Everything Is Different Now”.  These lyrics sum up what I’m feeling in my heart for my Lord and Savior right now.

It’s beautiful
How you surround me
Pull me in
And don’t let go
I am yours til the end
I am caught in your gravity
I’m not going back
To the way that it used to be
A sad sad song
That was yesterday

(CHORUS)
Everything is different now
You’re the love
I’ve finally found
Everything is different now
Because of you

Stellar Kart – Everything Is Different Now

Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/stellarkart/music/songs/everything-is-different-now-65392748

Thoughts?  Reflections of your own?  Comment, or email me jason@jasoncastellente.com

2 Responses to “Thoughts about “Going All In””

  1. Tommy-Lee February 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Well said! Great post!

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