“meditations” on francis chan’s crazy love

as a pastor, i’m usually the one “pouring out” myself to other people whether it’s preaching, praying, counseling, leading, etc.  and in the process of that “pouring out,” Jesus is so gracious and kind to pour Himself back into me… whether it’s through His Word, solitude and prayer with Him, or the love and grace of His people in my life.  and one of the “tools” that Jesus uses in my life is other pastors… especially books they have written.  as of late, Jesus has used oswald chambers (who died in 1917) and pastor francis chan (who’s very much ALIVE with a great passion for Jesus, the church, and the world).  i just finished chan’s book crazy love.  here are some of the things that Jesus used in chan’s book to work me over and to encourage me to keep going…

1) full surrender to Jesus… in the introduction, chan writes, “I hope read this book will convince you of something: that by surrendering yourself totally to God’s purposes, He will bring you the most pleasure in this life and the next.”  this so resonates with what Jesus has been doing in my life over the past couple of years.  treasuring Jesus Christ above all else, desiring Him, delighting in Him, longing for Him, seeing Him, savoring Him… this is the greatest joy we can experience.  As we see Him for who He fully is and as we surrender our lives (every aspect of our lives) to Him, there is much joy, love, and grace that we experience.  pastor john piper puts it this way, “God is most glorified in us as we are most satisfied in Him.”

2) profile of the lukewarm… here’s what Jesus says to the lukewarm (revelation 3:15-19):

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

chan has an intense list of attributes and profiles of what it looks like to be lukewarm…

  • choosing what is popular over what is right
  • caring more about what people think than what God thinks
  • giving money to charity and to the church as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living
  • not really wanting to be saved from sin, only the penalty of sin
  • people who are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet do not act.
  • lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers

3) profile of the obsessed.  “obsessed = to have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.”

  • people who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly, without censure.  obsessed people love those who hate them and who can never love back
  • people who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else.  obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress
  • people who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another.  obsessed people believe Jesus talked about money and the poor so often because it was really important to Him
  • obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo
  • people who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden.  obsessed people take joy in loving God by loving people

if you get this book, be prepared for the uncomfortable call of transformation.  read it slowly.  meditate on the Scripture passages chan includes.  spend time to stop, pray, repent, rejoice… whatever and wherever the Spirit leads you.  I truly want to be obsessed and not lukewarm.

Lord Jesus, help us to love You back with the crazy love with which you love us… for Your glory and kingdom… for our good… and for the good of a world that desperately needs to know and experience Your crazy love!

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~ by Jonathan Alexander on December 9, 2009.

One Response to ““meditations” on francis chan’s crazy love”

  1. LOVE IT!!!! May my life reflect a life filled with a little more crazy love every day…

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