CHAPTER 7 “CRAZY LOVE”- YOUR BEST LIFE LATER

Posted: August 18, 2009 by kylejackson10 in CRAZY LOVE

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”  I’ve heard that passage taught on numerous occasions, I’ve left convicted, but haven’t taken it literally. Christians see it as a fresh perspective on poverty, rather than a literal picture of impending judgement. How would my life change if I actually though of each person I came into contact with as Christ – the checker at the grocery store, the lady at the drive thru window, the member of your own family with who you can’t seem to have a conversation with and not get annoyed.

If we really believe that the two greatest commandments are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and “Love your neighbor as yourself” then t his passage has a lot to teach us. Basically, Christ is connecting the command to “Love God” with a command to ” Love your neighbor.” By loving “the least of these,” we are loving God himself. 

God didn’t give a little for us, He gave His best – He gave himself. True love requires sacrifice, and our love is shown by how we live our lives. ” Let us not love with word or tongue, but with actions and truth.” Everyone is familiar with this verse, John 3:16: ” For God so loved the world that he gave.”  Stop right there, and you can see the connection between loving and giving evidently established. 

Giving not motivated by love is worth nothing. Paul says, “From this kind of giving we gain nothing. However, when we give out of love, we gain much.” 

Christians have two distinct choices to make. One – just let life happen, which is tantamount to serving God your leftovers; or two – actively run towards Christ. It is impossible to serve God in any way other than whole-hearted surrender.

Chan asks, “Do you want to see God more than you desire security?  If we allow ourselves to live recklessly for Him, than we too will see His glory . We will see Him do the impossible.”

Chapter 7 says that Christians today play it safe. We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth, but will be more than worth it in eternity.

Ever wondered if the same God that parted the Red Sea for Moses, the God who made the slave Joseph second in power only to Pharaoh,  the same God that rescued Daniel in the lions den, is the same God that we pray to on a daily basis? Can He not perform miraculous things today? Culture has changed, so maybe it’s your career, your marriage, or your financial debt that you need God to answer prayer for. Have you ever really prayed like Moses, Joseph or Daniel? Or have most of your prayers been short and self-centered? 

Chan says, “God wants us to trust Him with abandon; He wants to show us how He works and cares for us. He wants to be our refuge.” Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  Walking in genuine intimacy and full surrender to God requires great faith.

We are each given different gifts and talents by our Master. The thing that matters most is how we use what we have been given.

I have been really convicted lately on my everyday life. How many people do I come in contact with every day that are looking for someone to invest in their life? How many people do I have a chance to make their day with a positive comment? How many things am I spending $ on that I do not need when there are people in my own neighborhood that are losing their houses? I have always lived a self-centered life. “What will make Kyle’s life better and easier?” That is a question that is almost always thought of when I am making a decision on finances, time, relationships, etc. I am challenging myself to now ask, “What will benefit someone else today?”

My challenge for you as you read this is to go out of your comfort zone this week and “SERVE SOMEBODY!” Do something that might cost you a little $ or might take an hour of your time.Instead of avoiding the phone call from someone you know needs help doing something, making fun of the homeless man off I75 holding a sign, talking about doing something for someone in need….Answer the phone call, go buy $3 of food off the dollar menu and actually go do something for someone! BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS!!! “For I tell you the truth, what you do for the least of these you do for me!”

Have a great week!!   -Kyle

 


 

 

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Comments
  1. Dad (the other) says:

    Amen, preach it brother!!!

  2. mom says:

    Kyle, all of your blogs have been great, but this one was fantastic!!! I’m so proud of you!! Keep up the great work! love you , momma

  3. Charle says:

    Kyle,

    Cool stuff. I was sent here by one of my customers employees, Jennifer. Turns out she is your wife. Coincidentaly, we go to the same church, we both dig Francis Chan, and we both write a blog in the hopes to minister to ANYONE. Small world…thank God

    I really like this post, and I look forward to snooping around some more. Hope to run into you at chuch one day soon.

    Charlie

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