There’s a wooden sign, cut in the shape of the state of North Carolina over the door of the locker room at Kidd Brewer Stadium. On that sign is the engraving, “Today, I give my all for Appalachian State.” As the football players leave the locker room to go out on the field, they reach up and tap that sign. I would imagine that most universities have a similar tradition, and maybe even a similar sign cut in the shape of their state or logo. Most football programs have some way for their players to repeat and go through the motions of surrendering all they are for the school they play for.
As I was thinking about what it means and looks like to be an “Intentional Christian” it occurred to me that it is a similar process to that of the football players at many universities around the country. It’s a daily dedication of our lives to living for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that we will always follow through. Sometimes we may even fail miserably. But an Intentional Christian lives with the goal: “Today, I give my all for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
If you want to be an Intentional Christian, consider making this phrase your daily mission statement. Each morning, when you wake up, repeat this phrase in prayer. More than that, ask God to help you live a life that is completely sold out to him. Sometimes you won’t mean it. But that’s okay. Do it anyway. Sometimes I can say the phrase with resolve, sometimes it’s a desperate plea for help, but the Christian life really couldn’t be more simply put.
Think about it! The greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.” In other words, Love the Lord your God with all that you are.
Or what about the simple formula for what it means to do God’s will, “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” In other words, do whatever it is that God tells you to do.
Here are a few other verses that really drive the point home:
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Prov. 16:3
In other words, the Christian life is that simple. It really is about walking with God in such a close relationship that he directs your steps. (Prov. 16:9) So wherever you are in life today. Whatever you are distracted by, frustrated with, focused on…whatever. Repeat this simple phrase daily, and ask the Lord to help you live it out.
“Today, I give my all for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”