Crazy Love.2

If you missed it yesterday, I challenge you to take a look at this short video clip called “Aww Factor“.  It sets up the first few chapters in a way that just may shake your notions about your Creator (in a good way) and will leave you speechless, amazed, and humbled.

So the following are direct quotes from Chan’s book Crazy Love.  Vacation starts in a few hours, but I just couldn’t wait to jump in.

  • Ever wonder how we first came known as Christians?  Acts 11:26 – “The disciples were called Christians FIRST at Antioch. Get that? Christians didn’t name themselves, but they were called “Christians” by those watching their lives.  Could someone look at your life or mine and call us Christians?
  • This book is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don’t want to plateau, those who would rather die before their convictions do.
  • We see God as a benevolent Being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way. We forget that God never had an indentity crisis.  He knows He’s great and deserves to be the center of our lives.
  • Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies that generations of people never saw or never knew existed?  Do you think maybe it was to make us say “Who do you think I am?”  RC Sproul writes “Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their significance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.”
  • I struggle with how to properly respond to God’s magnitude in a world bent on ignoring or merely tolerating Him. But know this, God will not be tolerated. He instructs us to worship and fear Him.
  • It confuses us when loving God is hard. Shouldn’t it be easy to love a God so wonderful? When we love God because we feel we should love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is…some mornings I don’t feel like loving God, or I just forget to.
  • Psalm 115:3 – “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever he pleases him.”  So why do we ask why? The truth is, He has more of a right to ask us why…As much as we want God to explain Himself to us, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us….Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you thing God owes you an explanation?  When you get to own your own universe, you can make your own standards…let’s not assume it’s His reasoning that needs correction.

God, my perspective of you needs to change.  Help me….

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