This morning I read a devotion titled, No Exception Clause. ¹ It talked about a group of people called "flexitarians." I'd never heard of them before. Apparently, this is a new and rapidly growing group of people who are vegetarian but make some exceptions. For example, one person claimed they were a vegetarian but they weren't quite ready to give up sausage. The whole idea struck me as somewhat ridiculous. They claimed to be one thing, yet their actions suggested something else. They lacked commitment to their conviction.
I found it strange and didn’t understand why the writer of the devotional was talking about them until he went on to speak about another group he referred to as "Christian flexitarians." These are Christians who take a similar approach to their faith. They believe in Jesus and proclaim to be devoted and committed to following him, but this seems to be only true when it’s convenient for them or it makes sense and is advantageous for their lives. They believe sin exists but personally decide what's allowed and what's prohibited. They obey many of God's commandments but often choose for themselves which ones carry more weight.
Man, I became quickly convicted. You see, I am in no way a part of the first group the author talked about but I couldn't deny my membership to this second group. I claim to be a fully committed follower of Jesus but I often pick and choose the truths of the Bible that are important to apply to my life and the commands I want to obey. I ignore the ones that seem to be too difficult or require too much of my time, energy, or resources. I make many of my decisions based on whether or not my level of comfort will be affected instead of listening to what God is calling me to do.
But herein lies the beauty and unbelievable power of the gospel. God entered our world as a man, Jesus, the only non-flexitarian who ever walked the face of this earth. He came and lived a spotless life. He never waivered from what he believed and stayed fully committed to what he professed. Because of his undying and reckless love, Jesus would ultimately give his life away freely to save all those who truly believe, even when knowing they would continue to display an imperfect and faltering faith.
That kind of love is worth believing in; that kind of love makes me want to be all in; that kind of love deserves no exceptions.
¹ Not a Fan Daily Devotional: 75 Days to Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Idleman, Kyle, Harper Collins Publishing, 2016