Serving Leftovers to a Holy God (chapter 5) :: Crazy Love, Pt. 3

Posted: August 8, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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Some more abbreviated thoughts from Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love.

Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing.  The thought of a person calling himself a “Christian” without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.

It’s easy to fill ourselves up with other things and then give God whatever is left.  (Look at Hosea 13:6)

(Read Malachi chapter one, verse eight)  The priests of Malachi’s day thought their sacrifices were sufficient.  They had spotless animals but chose to keep those for themselves and give their less desirable animals to God.  They assumed God was pleased because they had sacrificed something.  God described this practice as evil.  Leftovers are not merely inadequate; from God’s point of view (and lest we forget, His is the only one that matters), they’re evil.  Let’s stop calling it a “busy schedule” or “bills” or “forgetfulness.”  It’s called evil.

How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our friends, our connections, our familiar surroundings, and our homes if Jesus asked us to?  If He just showed up and said, “Follow me”?  No explanation.  No directions.

Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants?  Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life?  Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made?



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