I mentioned a couple of posts back that we are doing a bible study by Francis Chan called Crazy Love. I was born and raised in the church but I actually came to a crossroads where I had to decide if I believed everything I had always been taught. I had to make my faith my own and discover what that means… this was a very dark and sad time for me. Someday I hope to post about it, but I just don’t even know how to put it into words.
So, if you are a veteran (for lack of better words) Christian, this is a book that you should read. It will truly challenge you and make you ask yourself the questions that we are always SO afraid to confront… Am I doing enough? Am I living a lukewarm Christian life or am I on fire for Christ? Am I trusting God with everything or are there things I don’t want to give up yet… obviously this last one was a HUGE one for me.
It was so easy for me to let God have control over certain things in my life and hold other things away from Him; Fight with Him, challenge Him, question Him, doubt Him.
One of my favorite parts of our study is the discussion time with our group afterwords. We have been with this group about three years and not only do I love them, I respect what they have to say and am always amazed at how God twists and maneuvers our conversation. The chapter this week questioned how much we invest in our daily lives, how little we invest in our eternity, and if we truly love others as Christ loves us.
I know, big stuff! We invest so much money, stress, worry, time, thought into our daily lives. We are constantly thinking about what we have to do next, where we have to go, what we need to buy, etc. But if we were to truly think of this life as 1) only a stop on the way home and 2) all God’s, how would you really live. Everything we have in this life is not ours… we did not earn it, we do not deserve it, and if God chooses to take it or give it, we cannot control it.
If we truly had both of these attitudes our lives would look different, we would truly embody Christ. Francis Chan made two comments in this chapter that have just stuck with me. 1) Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers. As Christians our lives should look different, they shouldn’t make sense to someone who doesn’t have the mindset of eternity. 2) What are you doing right now that requires faith? Would you be living any differently if you didn’t believe in God?
This is not our home, we shouldn’t be preparing for tomorrow we should be preparing for forever… that will be our best life. Thoughts?