If you couple this book with Max Lucado's "Outlive Your Life" then you may just find yourself living in a hut somewhere in the middle of the Sahara desert preaching Jesus with an interpreter. The call of the book is to fall deeply, madly, and crazily in love with Jesus Christ. I'd like to think I'm in love with Jesus. I know I love Him more than anything and I can sense a transforming deep in me especially throughout this new year. But reading the book opens your eyes to so many things that vie for our love and affection and consequently turn us away from our devotion to Christ.
Are we truly willing to do ANYTHING for Jesus? Do we construct our lives around HIM or do we add Him to the construction of our LIVES? What are we living for today that requires faith? I don't mean the belief in God. I mean, what is it that you and I are living for at this moment that is requiring you and I to hope against hope and believe against evidence . . . to walk in faith? If you're like me, sometimes that question is hard to answer. How mundane is the average Christian life? In a world where fanatical religons are exploding, the mundane, ordinary, no sign of true change, cultural Christianity that has been adopted doesn't hold water.
Chan calls us out. Did Jesus really mean in Matthew 25 that if we don't have regard for the poor and the broken that He would cast us out of His presence on judgment day? Sure sounds like it, yet are we doing anything to change the world around us.
I've been challenged . . . make that doubly challenged. God is ripping some things out of me and replacing them with some fresh ideas and dreams. I know it's God because they are all "God-sized." I can't do them on my own. It's going to be a walk of faith. I don't know where to start or what to do other than to trust the One who has given them to me. More than anything, I want to do all I can for Him, because I love Him more than life itself.