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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC)
August 27, 2014 submitted by Dean Miller
By Dean R Miller
I am currently reading a book called Crazy Love By Francis Chan for the second time. It’s a book that is challenging because it brings me face to face with a God who loves me so much that it’s hard to comprehend. How can I respond in a halfhearted way, how can I live out my faith in a lukewarm manner, and what can I do to live my life to the full? He writes the following:
For example, when I returned from my first trip to Africa, I felt very strongly that we were to sell our house and move into something smaller, in order to give more away. The feedback I got was along the line of “it’s not fair to your kids,” “It’s not a prudent financial choice,” and “You are doing it just for show”. I do not remember a single person who encouraged me to explore it or supported the decision at the time.
We ended up moving into a house half the size of our previous home, and we haven’t regretted it. My response to the cynics, in the context of eternity, was, am I the crazy one for selling my house? Or are you for not giving more, serving more, being with your Creator more?
If one person “wastes” away his day by spending hours connecting with God, and the other person believes he is too busy or has better things to do than worship the Creator and Sustainer, who is the crazy one? If one person invests her or his resources in the poor – Which, according to Matthew 25, is giving to Jesus Himself – and the other extravagantly remodels a temporary dwelling that will not last beyond his few years left on this earth, who is the crazy one?
When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical when, to Jesus, it is simply the way it is? The way it should be?
Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth. As Martin Luther put it, “There are two days on my calendar: this day and that day”. Luke 14:25-35, Matt 7:13-23.
Dean speaking: This was just a short portion of the book but I am challenged to live and do the things that God wants me to do. Forget the fears of what others will think of me and put the truly important things in life first. Too many days I think back and wonder did I just do the good things or am I truly doing the important things of God. We are setting an example where ever we are and to whomever is around us and what is it saying. What is truly important? It seems that I make excuses to do what I want to do and justify my wants and desires. What about you, does it seem the same way to you? Let’s encourage each other to do the truly important work of God, to be obedient even when it may seem ridiculous to others, to put others first even when it doesn’t make sense financially to those around us. I am confident that we will find ourselves blessed beyond belief. In Hebrews 11 it says that first we must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Join me as we continue to work together to build God’s kingdom here.
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