April 24, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
“In a world where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him.”
A friend from work recently introduced me to a book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. The book didn’t sound interesting, but once I started reading, it gripped me from the first chapter.
I love how he makes the reader pause and really consider God’s creation! I am so guilty of taking this place for granted. He also challenges the reader to identify if we really, truly love God. He discusses what it means to be lukewarm, which the Scripture warns against.
There are so many great quotes from this book, I’ll just share a few more. I highly recommend this one for anyone who wants to grow in their faith!
“We need to stop living selfish lives, forgetful of our God.”
“As much as we want God to explain himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.”
“God allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.”
“Has your relationship with God actually changed the way you live?”
“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side… It must be central to everything we do and are.”
“True love requires sacrifice. And our love is shown by how we live our lives.”
“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
“Before you say one word to God, take a minute and imagine what it would be like to stand before his throne as you pray.”
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
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