David Lloyd-George once remarked, “The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps”. The story is told of the little boy who cut off his puppy’s tail an inch at a time rather than cutting the whole tail off at once in order to keep it from hurting so badly. These two situations illustrate the tragic error of many persons with respect to Christ.
Following Christ is an all-or-none commitment. Trying to accept Christ without total commitment to him is like trying to leap a chasm in two jumps — you leave one bank and miss the other. Jesus said it like this: “He that is not for me is against me (Luke 9:50)”. The Lord will not share a divided heart. He will not have a duplex for a throne. Look to Christ, commit your life, your talents, your service, your all. Look not for a stone or an island halfway. There is none.
Cutting off the puppy’s tail an inch at a time illustrates the other difficulty people are having with commitment to Christ. Commitment to one thing means forsaking other things. “You cannot serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24)”. You cannot hold both God and the world. Sometimes a person tries to give up the world like the times the boy cut off his puppy’s tail — an inch at a time. The result is the same — the pain is multiplied.
Make a once-for-all decision. Leave the world. Come to Christ. Commit your all to Him. You can’t leap a chasm in two jumps. Leave the shores of sin decisively and with finality. Hold nothing back. You will not have regret. You will be rewarded.
— Douglas F. Parsons
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Matthew 6:33, 34