Be all in. Don’t hold back. Give your all to God. Following God cannot be half-hearted. It is no accident that the readings provide a picture of faith that requires everything from us. If we are to reap the spiritual benefits of a relationship with Jesus, we cannot hedge our bets. We cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in faith. It does not work that way.
If we are to have a relationship with Jesus that can lead to eternal life, we cannot hold anything back. We must trust Jesus completely. The cost of not holding back is high. Saint Lawrence died for his faith. All over the world people are dying for their Christian faith. But when we are all in, when we are completely giving ourselves to Jesus, we bear much fruit.