Well lets face it, this book got me so wrapped up I couldn’t stop reading it. So I stopped writing and read the rest of it. The answer to my previous question was answered fairly quickly in chapter five. The profile of the lukewarm covers all humans, because if you could overcome all of those you would be perfect, and only God is perfect. So the answer is we live by faith and by God’s Grace do we overcome the profile of the lukewarm. Let go, and dont try so hard, and let God lead.
Another chapter talked about giving God your leftovers. Man don’t we all fall into that routine? Let’s read tonight but after our favorite show. Or yes we will give money to the church! But does it really come before you pay bills and budget? This is one we actually have put our foot down and said no matter what. We pay our Tithe online as soon as our paychecks deposit so we aren’t even tempted with keeping it. Doesn’t he deserve our best, off the top, instead of our leftovers? And we usually think about giving God our first fruits in materialistic things like money. But what about our time?
I believe the point is, it is ok to enjoy your stuff, but don’t enjoy it so much that you aren’t willing to give it up to follow what God asks us to do. This also comes in a later chapter about our homes. We love our homes, and our spouse and kids make it our homes. We have to remember this is our “temporary home” (not to sound like a country song) but if we get so comfortable and attached to our home. We will lose the want to leave from it. Our real home is in heaven. This one kind of hit me because I love my home. I have felt over the past year that I was led home, to my home town, in my birth house. So I above probably all of you really am sentimental to my actual house. I must take into account; my home is really in heaven as well. One day I will leave this place, and I better be ready and joyfully willing….. Or he might make me stay here haha!
One of the best parts of this book that I thought was so funny is when he talked about his Grandma Clara. She was so obsessed with Jesus (in a good way) that she felt uncomfortable when she thought about what she was doing at certain times. “Is this what I want to be doing when Jesus comes back?” She would ask herself. She spoke of watching a play, and realized she would rather be helping someone or giving and feeding someone. Which this was a little off the wall for me, yet I understand the concept. Now I think about some of those things I do that really waste time. Like, video games and certain movies. In my new book I started it talks about the great ambassadors for Christ, and that they never waste time with the “unimportant”. So this brings me to a point in my life where I want to look at everything in my life and see if I have a lot of unimportant things I am wasting my time with. It’s ok to spend some time relaxing and being entertained, but I bet you guys would all agree we spend a lot more time than we need to being entertained. Anyway so that’s my wrap on Crazy Love by Francis Chan. It is definitely a must read. It is also very easy to read too.
I will be honest, Chapter four beat me up. I can’t figure out how humans are suppose to maximize effort, knowing everyone falls short. This reading was about being lukewarm, and if you haven’t read it I promise every person on earth falls into one of the habits, there are like 20, so it covers everyone at one point or another. I understand the scripture;
“Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt22:37-38)
But every human in history has been distracted one time or another from the above. So without ruining the entire chapter for those that haven’t read it, what are we to do? Where I get confused, is at what point do we get a pat on the back and say good job, this is what I want. I think the answer is there is no point. So it is all about focus and effort.
After writing the above I watched the small group DVD and it helped clear up a little bit. He talks about how baptism is different in this country than in other countries. In other countries you don’t get baptized until you are willing to give up everything to follow Jesus. Where as in America we get baptized, and then later decide to give up some sin, and we are characterized as growing in the Lord. Most Americans don’t give up everything on the spot.
So I as I sit here and drink my lukewarm coffee (watch the little video http://www.crazylovebook.com/videos_chapter.html and laugh with me) I wonder if it is easier to give up “Everything” in other countries, because they don’t have much. So in the grand scheme of things they aren’t giving up anything. I really don’t believe GOD wants us to sell our house, or leave our families without saying goodbye to go on a mission’s trip to follow and do his will, as they did in the Gospel. But I think the point is if you are not willing to give what is necessary then you are what they call “Lukewarm”.
Anyway I am still confused as to the grand goal or purpose is at this point, and maybe the following chapters will help. Please share if you have some incite whether you have read the book or not. All discussions are welcome, this should be interesting.
Eventually I will have to go back and run through Chapter 1 and 2, but for now I’m jumping straight to 3, which is the one I just finished and felt so moved and empowered I had to jump on and ponder this thought. The chapter talks about Jeremiah and his insecure notion that he was only a new Christian and couldn’t fathom going and speaking Gods message.
“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said,” I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, “I am only a child.” You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and over through, to build and to plant.” – Jeremiah 1:6-10
This rocked my world because as a new leader I still feel at times like a child, especially in my knowledge of the Bible. My new task will soon be to guide my third child to know the GOD he has already been prophesied to be a leader for. My wife, who has the excellent gift of discernment, was told the miracle baby (Owen, who was not planned) will be a leader in the Kingdom. (Owen literally means “Anointed One”). Now that I have this new hunger for GOD’s word, it seems this is not by accident or because now there is time in my day. Is it possible that I am being prepared now to lead a little one to be a Leader of GOD’s people? Could Owen Scott become Pastor Owen in his time? If you really ponder on that it is a lot of pressure. None the less I will keep an open mind and follow through on my part of the journey.
I remember in a message one Sunday we talked about leading people to the Lord, and maybe you don’t think about leading one person as a great feat, but if that one leads 3,000….. then what? I have learned that you should never short GOD on his ability to do miracles. What has GOD been training you for?
Since this is the first post since June of 2009, and I will be doing sort of a topic switch from my previous use to a new one, I wanted to sort of explain my new project. I will begin reflecting on books or messages I read or come across throughout the week and post them here. I read several books at the same time, so these posts will sometimes be random but hopefully the collection of the whole will make sense in a new way. God seems to bring little pieces of many different pieces of thought provoking information together to make them life. Sometimes it takes weeks or months for the grand picture to come into focus. My first reflection will be a good example of what im trying to explain, but probably doing a poor job of. Anyway, happy reading and I hope you find some truth in your reading, and that it might become a gateway to your own puzzle that God is looking for you to piece together.