I’m on the road in Pella, IA leading worship and doing a family concert. This morning in church the speaker use the words “sold out” in a sentence. Those words jumped out at me when he did. I remember when being “sold out” was a thing. It was pretty commonly used back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, especially in the church circles I was in. Somewhere along the way the phrase became uncool. We moved on. Life rolled on.

Today, when I heard those words I was reminded we need to be sold out. We need to get back to that being a thing. Sold out in the context of an event would mean it’s a maximum capacity. What if we lived our Christian life to it’s maximum? What if we chose to:
be kind,
speak truth,
stand up…sold out?
What if we gave it all? What if we lived for Jesus with a passion like never before? What if we were sold out living hot, not cold or lukewarm for Jesus?

I’m saddened because just as the words “sold out” became uncool in life for many living for Jesus also has become uncool. We need to get back to being a nation under God. We need to get back to being individuals and families that live for Jesus every day and in every decision. Not just when it’s convenient and socially acceptable but in every decision even in the moments that our sold out-ness makes us be cast offs.

Revelation 3:15&16 says: “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.” (Message)
Verse 19 goes on to say “The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!”

Will you join me?
Will you live boldy?
Will you love Jesus with everything?
Will you run after God?
Will you let your life be at maximum capacity when it comes to your relationship with Jesus?

Being sold out is what gets you an eternal seat at the feet of the King of kings. I’ll take that front row seat any day.
I’m in. I’m not ashamed. To Jesus I am sold out.