I remember the old idiom that says. “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” The thought behind that old saying is that you shouldn’t invest all of your time, efforts, thoughts, and energy into one particular thing. The suggestion in this age-old quote is that if you focus and dedicate everything to one thing, if something were to go awry, you would risk losing it all. The only place that I can agree that this bit of advice would be applicable would be in the area of investing in the stock market. For obvious reasons, you wouldn’t want to invest all of your money into one company in your financial portfolio. If that one company were to go bankrupt, you could lose all of your invested money. So, the advice, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” is good advice when it comes to long term investing. What I would like to suggest to you is that beyond that, this advice is really not conducive to success in life. This may come as a surprise to you, but if you will allow me a few moments, I will make my case to substantiate my viewpoint.
You will never experience a life of happiness, contentment, fulfillment, or success unless you put all of your eggs into one basket… God’s basket. The “eggs” I am talking about are still the same eggs. The eggs would include your time, talents, energy, and thoughts. God’s basket is a life that is surrendered to Him, with a desire to please him in all of your actions, thoughts, and purposes. Even among people within the church who think of themselves as Christian people, I see a lack of the “sold out to God and His will” mentality. Scores of church going people today tend to only dabble in the things of God, and never become fully engaged in a life that is committed to truly serving God and making a difference in the lives of others. People who fail to put all of their “eggs” into God’s basket tend to want just enough of God and church to satisfy their guilty conscience, but devote much of their other “eggs” or in other words, their time, talents, thoughts, and efforts into other baskets. It is almost as if these people don’t have enough faith to completely place their hopes and dreams into the hands of God, so they always feel the need to keep a back-up plan. These other baskets can include their career, their hobbies, their money, or their possessions. Anything that becomes a priority in your life over living a life that pleases God could be considered another basket. There are many scriptures in the Bible that support the argument that we should place all of our eggs into God’s basket. There are so many scriptures that support this argument, I don’t have enough space in this article to share them all. I will share with you the scriptures that I feel are the most pertinent to the idea of putting all of your eggs in God’s basket. Unless stated otherwise, all of the scriptures are from the New Living Translation.
- Deuteronomy 6:5 – And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. (Notice the word all. It doesn’t say some or most. The word here is ALL.) ·
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Again, notice the word ALL) ·
- Psalms 37: 5 – Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you. (Notice the word everything)·
- Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (New International Version) The word whatever that is used here suggests everything or all.
- ·Psalms 119:2 – Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. (There’s that word ALL again) ·
- 1st Peter 5:7 – Give all of your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.( That word all keeps popping up)
- Matthew 16:25 – In this passage Jesus told his disciples, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
I am certain that the scriptures that I have shared with you represent just a few of the many verses that indicate that we must be completely sold out to God and that we must give him our all. I once heard a twist on the old eggs in a basket saying that said, “ Put all of your eggs in God’s basket and count your blessings before they hatch.” I love that philosophy! Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (New Living Translation) If we will completely sell out our goals, purposes, and lifestyle to the things that God wants for us, everything else will take care of itself. Anything in life that you merely dabble in will always result in mediocrity. To become excellent in a sport, a skill, or a career, requires dedication and commitment. Simply dabbling will never result in excellence. In like manner, in order for you to live the life that God wants for you to live, and to experience the blessings that he has for you, you can’t dabble. You can’t spread out all of your eggs into several baskets. You have to place all of your eggs in God’s basket. When you get to the place in life where you are willing to place all of your eggs into God’s basket, you will have the peace from God that passes all understanding. Put all of your eggs in one basket…God’s basket. When you do, your life will never be the same.
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