In my last post I mentioned I was reading Francis Chan’s Crazy Love. There I offered some quotes from Chapter 4, “Profile of the Lukewarm.” I’ve since finished the book and have a few more “nuggets” that I found especially insightful.
Chapter 9, “Who Really Lives That Way?” provides a thumbnail sketch of some people who have lived radically for Jesus. Familiar names such as Rich Mullins, George Mueller, Marva J. Dawn, and Brother Yun are among those whose lives were mentioned and who have been a shining example of devotion or “crazy love.” I expected large stories coming from them. However one name, entirely unfamiliar to me (and it would be to you), really stood out. Open your heart and read Lucy’s large story of “crazy love.”
If you met Lucy at church, you would probably think she was somebody’s innocent, dear grandmother. She is the kind of woman who will come and give you a huge hug and then introduce herself.
You would never guess that Lucy is an ex-prostitute. When she was in her teens and early twenties, drugs and prostitution dominated her life. Through an older Christian woman who reached out to the prostitutes, Lucy met Jesus and her life was completely transformed.
To this day, almost forty years later, Lucy lives near the same streets where she once worked as a prostitute and consistently opens her home to other young women who are caught in prostitution. It is common knowledge on the streets that if you need anything, you can come to Lucy’s house. She doesn’t have a lot, but her home is always open. Prostitutes, pimps, drug users, dealers, and anyone else who most people avoid—Lucy invites them in. This is her way of loving people who are in desperate need of the hope and love that Lucy found forty years ago.
I wonder if…
- I have avoided people because of their sinful lifestyles and forgotten that I was once “dead in [my] transgressions and sins, in which [I] used to live … gratifying the cravings of [my] sinful nature” and failed to share the wonderful truth that “God, who is rich in mercy, made [me] alive with Christ even when [I was] dead in transgressions” (Eph. 2:1-4).
In the final chapter, “The Crux of the Matter,” Chan speaks plainly why he wrote Crazy Love.
I wrote this book because much of our talk doesn’t match our lives. We say things like, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Then we live and plan like we don’t believe God even exits. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn’t come through. But the true faith means holding nothing back….
Most of us use “Im waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life” as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday? Or to go on your last vacation? Or exercise this morning? Probably not, but you still did it. The point isn’t’ that vacations or exercise are wrong, but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God.
I wonder if…
- I don’t even bother rationalizing my entertainment activities but do them out of sheer habit because I’ve lost the passion I once had of being consumed and saturated with my Lord and Savior every waking moment.
- anything will change in me as a result of reading Crazy Love or if I’ll just continue living as I have.