Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Radical Discipleship

Selected qoutes from Francis Chan in a chapter entitled, "Profile of the Obsessed," from Crazy Love:

  • Obsessed: To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.

  • The idea of holding back certainly didn't come from Scripture. The Bible teaches us to be consumed with Christ and to faithfully live out His words.

  • Sometimes I feel like when I make decisions that are remotely biblical, people who call themselves Christians are the first to criticize and say I'm crazy, that I'm taking the Bible too literally, or that I'm not thinking about my family's well-being.

  • 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 an 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?

Radical, huh? Yeah, radical like Jesus.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Over the past few months, I've repeatedly heard "do what's best for your kids" and "take care of yourself" and, admittedly, gave in to those ideas at times. Yet, when I did what I thought put Christ first, even when it was painful personally, I can look back now and comfortably say that I gave more than required, that I can sleep at night knowing I tried to follow what I believed His desire to be and that in the end my desires will not matter. I do not pat myself on the back for giving more than required because whatever pain I may have experienced in doing so is nothing compared to what my Savior and my Lord did for me - truly giving more than required.

I don't know that I will ever live up to a radical disciple standard but I hope that I will die trying.