My last post was simply a tease to try and get you to read the latest book by Frances Chan called “Crazy Love”. The book took my breath away and I could not find the words to justify a normal book review. Since that post, I have have had a number of people ask me to say more about the book. It’s kind of like after you watch a really good movie and you can’t seem to get it out of your head for the next three or four days. That book got in my head and I am just now able to think about it with enough clarity to write. Most of what is below are the words of Frances Chan as described by someone that has been convicted by them.
We live caught up in ourselves. If you need proof check out this interactive chart published last week on how we spend our day (see if you can pinpoint religious activity in the chart…it’s in there). Very little in our current lives propels us toward Christ. Each of us to some degree, fool our friends and family about who we really are. I often find myself phrasing my sentences to make me sound better. But the truth is we cannot hide who we are from God. How do we overcome the huge desire to focus on self? Christianity, as most of us know it, is “how much do we have to do for Him to get by?”.
We truly have as much of God as we want.
This life is a vapor and when we face the holy God all that will matter is the reality of who we are before Him.
3366ff;">First Corinthians 3:13-15 says “His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
We have to realize and believe that enough so that it changes how we live! Jesus said the road is narrow and few will actually find it.
Living “right ” out of fear and guilt is exhausting. When we serve out of reasons other than love, it feels like work and it is hard. The motivation is love…Galatians 5:13 says to serve one another in love. Instead of melding into the “unbelieving Christian” world…having faith and love will often mean doing what others see as crazy…crazy love.
How we live our days is how we live our lives. I am trying to move “Crazy Love” out of my head and into my heart and then into my life. I hope you will too.
There is probably another post to come from this book…I am trying to find the guts to do it.