If you haven’t read this book yet, trust me, it is worth the few days it would take you. It’s not long, since I know that somewhere in the midst of the negotiating lives we live, that is an instinctive question running through many a mind. It’s a quick read (170 pages).
Chan has such a knack for making the Gospel so simple and attainable, but not any simpler than it needs to be. What you will feel in this book is your Love called out for what it truly is, or what you may find, for what it is not. You either Love Him (Christ) or you don’t, and many of us say we do. Christianity is more renowned for hypocrisy than for Christ’s life,death and resurrection. Somehow Christians flimsy, fingerpointing lives have drowned out the reason their story even exists…to share Christ’s story. This book, if taken to heart, shoves you right off of the comfortable fencepost that much of Christianity resides on or behind…comfort and compromise.
Some of the simplest phrases in here are the most sobering…
What are you doing right now in life that requires faith?
Stress and Worrying says you don’t trust God at all to be who He is and handle your problems. It says that somehow your problems are bigger than God, God is a liar, not who He is, and that somehow your problems are exceptional. Both stress and worrying reek of arrogance.
Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you?
Enjoy this book, let it get at your heart…just lay down yourself, and when you feel you’ve done that, do it further still. Do not be lulled into the deception that you have arrived at Christ…He only sits still in one place, and that is upon His throne in Heaven. So, until you are there, assume that arriving at a place does not mean you are done pursuing Him. Pursuing Him is arriving at Him!
There is ever a revolving door, an unending well, of accomplishments and missions to be beheld…but if Christ is Love, and Love is an action word…then you move, in journey and joy, toward God, with His Spirit inside of you…You only arrive when you realize He traverses the distance between Him and you…not the other way around, and keep pursuing Him. It’s not so much thinking there’s endless work to be done, but that the victory has already been attained in Christ, and from that place, a sense of…Wow-let-me-dedicate-everything-I-can-this-side-of-Eden-to-the-cause-of- Christ!
So…get busy and be His…however that looks! Work on you and Him and what that should look like if you truly Love Him mor than anything else…then…Start asking Him to show you how to Love everyone that’s been given to you within arm’s length and earshot. This is how Crazy Love is brewed! Thank you Francis. Thank you Jesus!