You probably have a parent that has told you, at some time in the past, that if you are going to do something make sure you do it right or not to do something halfway. That is great advice for living and has a wonderful spiritual application as well. As Jesus had prepared this fabulous gathering place to celebrate passover and enjoy communion together he shared heart-breaking news about one who was partially committed:
And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. (Mark 14:17-20 ESV)
Even though they had all followed Him this far, one of them would stop doing so. The commitment they had shown in the past was going to fizzle out. They must have never been fully committed.
Jesus doesn’t name Judas by name thus every one of them had to check their own heart and motive. Every disciple needed to question their commitment to Christ. This is a valuable part of taking communion and a valuable experience for the true follower of Christ. Don’t be afraid to evaluate your level of commitment. Be honest with yourself about it. If you aren’t fully committed then you can choose to make changes to become so. If you pretend it’s ‘all going to be ok’ then you are not in position to deal with reality.
Are you an ‘All-In’ follower of Jesus? Do you struggle with being ‘Partially Committed’ to God or in other areas of life? Evaluate. Pray. Commit. Change. With God’s help you can do this.