So it turns out i was wrong in my speculation about the content of this chapter in last weeks word for word. It’s not the jab at prosperity ministry that i was expecting apart from in name alone, but there’s a fair bit to talk about in this chapter so lets get into it.
I really like how this chapter does feel like a pay off from the previous 3 chapters. as we start on some points that were actually conclusions of other chapters for example:
“do you recognise the foolishness of seeking fulfilment outside of Him? Do you understand that it’s impossible to please God in any other way than wholehearted surrender?”
It does actually feel like there’s a sense of progression the deeper we get into the book, something that was lacking from the earlier chapters in my opinion. So actually building up to use this chapter to make a powerful point is a nice change of pace to me.
The next point that Francis makes that i’m going to focus on is, the idea of some of the most well-known and influential people in all the bible, have overcome some huge disadvantages and are by no means perfect. Moses for example, was a murderer, and was so uncomfortable speaking that God actually used his brother Aaron to speak for him. Or David, known as a man “after God’s own heart” was also a murderer and an adulterer. And it really does go to show, no matter how sinful we are, or have been, that God really does use all people. Even the broken as some of these greats of the bible were. And really elaborates to us as the modern church, that God doesn’t call us to be perfect, or sinless, but to repent and follow him, and in time, the good will come to us.
The next part from this chapter i want to focus on is found on page 118, where Francis brings up Mathew 25 (45), where Jesus says ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” This is such a powerful statement by the Lord, and one that does seem to go unnoticed in the modern church.
It’s a true call to us to do the right thing for all people in our lives, to be generous, kind, thankful, humble for everyone in our lives, not just our friends, or our families but ALL people. As Francis goes on to ponder, if Jesus came back as a beggar, or if he was hungry or struggling, would we help him? If he was the least of us, would we still help him? I’d like to say yes, but if i’m honest i don’t know if i would if i didn’t know it was Jesus. Really does make me think.
The final point i want to focus on is a constant point that Francis brings up on pretty much every chapter to some degree, and it’s the idea of being a people of evident faith. As the bible says “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17) and i can’t help but agree.
We need to be a people who act and truly live out our faith. Sometimes i’ve found the most powerful form of evangelism, because it’s the way that this broken world understands lifestyles. That’s not to say that i don’t think learning the word of the Lord is a bad thing, if i thought that i wouldn’t be writing for this blog every week, i do however think it’s important that we act upon our faith. Our actions should be that of Jesus, not selfish, not arrogant, or petty. But actions of love and kindness, because we should be following the example that our lord has given us.
So this week, let your actions and your words be that of the lord, not of our will, as hard as that may be in this broken world.
Sorry that this over view is shorter than previous chapters, a problem i’ve found in this book is Francis Chan really likes to go back to points he has made in the past, so it’s rather hard to write about honestly, but when we’re done with Crazy Love i have 2 more books lined up that should be here in the next couple of days so stay tuned for that. But as always…
Keep reading and May God Bless you.