Having it all – [Plus, a special announcement]

[Scroll down for today’s announcement.]

Yesterday I said that Christians don’t “have it all together.” Instead, they have it all, together. (If you missed it you can check it out here.)

I also said that the placement of that comma makes all the difference in the world. Here’s what I mean.

Contrary to what some people may think, being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean that you never make mistakes or that you have the answers to every question.

That said, those of us who follow Jesus still do “have it all”—as long as you realize that the “all” is Jesus.

He is the single most important Person, event and experience of human history. In Romans 3:23-24 (NLT) Paul wrote that “God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Because of Jesus, we are assured that we’ll have lives of purpose, forgiveness, eternity, love, truth, and comfort.

Without him, we won’t.

Imagine yourself going on a space mission to the moon. If you forget your toothbrush, your breath will stink and you may get some cavities, but you’ll still survive. But if you forget oxygen, that’s a problem.

Jesus is even more necessary than oxygen.

So you may not “have it all together.” But if you have entrusted your life to Jesus, you have it ALL.

Be at peace knowing that the most valuable Person, event and experience of human history—and of God’s eternity—is already a part of your heart.

You worry less about “having it all together” when you already have it all.

By Matthew Ruttan

ANNOUNCEMENT – Today I want to let you know that Up! is being published as a book this fall! [Picture below.] It will be called “Up! – 313 devotionals to help you start your day in a biblical, relevant way.” I’m super excited about it and 100% of the proceeds will be given to Fight4Freedom, a local organization getting its hands dirty in the fight against human trafficking. Specific details and date about the release are coming soon.

HOW YOU CAN HELP – If you want to help get the word out, and help others get interested in starting their day in a biblical, relevant way, you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. You can reply to this email (or comment on the post, depending on your format) and tell me, and tell me in 1 sentence how you have been helped or encouraged by the Up! devotional.
  2. You can record a video of yourself (less than 20 seconds) and put it in my dropbox folder here.

I’ll use what you send in as a part of the promotion for the book! And please keep in mind that if you send me something you agree that I can use your words, name and video content online. Thank you! Be a part of the work God is doing…

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