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“And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, ‘A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.’ As he said these things, he called out, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'”

Luke 8:4-8 (ESV)

There have been many times in my life that I have been the good soil. Those are the times I am faithful and find myself living my life fully for Christ. But if I were honest with myself, I have been the seed in the thorns most of my life. I am guilty of serving “leftovers” to God because of my own desires for a comfortable life. I become distracted and fall to the ways of the world. God warns us many times of the dangers of being a lukewarm Christian. His harshest words are to those that maintain a minimal commitment to Him and don’t pursue Him passionately. We need to take words of Jesus at face value and allow them to impact us.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)

As I look back on my life, my faith was mostly shaped by how I was raised in the church. I was exposed to a fear-based type of Christianity growing up. I gave my life to Christ because I didn’t want to go to hell. I struggled with guilt and shame when I was caught in sin. Jesus calls us to let go of everything and follow Him. This is what I learned later in life when I gave my life to Christ. I learned that His grace covers us. His love for us should cause us to respond with an all-consuming love for Him. He wants our best. We need to adopt a posture of obedience where we let go of everything we have and joyfully cling to God.

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“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

Matthew 13:44

This verse shows the correct response of someone who understands God’s crazy relentless love for us. I will admit I wasn’t a huge fan of this chapter. The majority of the chapter is Francis Chan describing a list of lukewarm Christians. The list goes on and on. So was my frustration because the chapters drags on too long or because I saw myself in this list? I definitely know I’m not the perfect Christian. The chapter gives some valid points on how lukewarm Christians can be a distraction to those who want to sincerely follow Jesus. I have the same frustrations with Pastors and churches that are more concerned with numbers and preaching a “seeker friendly” message to attract viewers or with Christians whose faith is just for show. Jesus spoke in parables to weed out those who weren’t interested in the truth of the gospel (not because He didn’t care about them).

I think for me, I don’t want to just be living for God out of conviction or to live up to a standard. I don’t want a desire to just be “good enough”. All I have to do is think back to when God rescued me and how patient He has been with me since then to know He loves me. I want to pursue God with my whole being and have all my actions flow out of a heart for Him. I know the only way to live this life for God (and not of one who is half-hearted) is to truly love Him. I pray everyday I am in awe of how great and how good God is.

“We love because He first loved us”

1 John 4:49

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Do I really view God as this BIG God? Why are Christians judgmental and having a hard time loving others? Do we really view Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the ultimate love letter from our Father in heaven to us? Do we long and hunger for the Father each and every day? I have read Crazy Love by Francis Chan several times. He is a hero of mine and I seen him speak countless of times. I was asked by a friend to join a Crazy Love study group using the DVD and workbook. Being at this amazing new journey that I’m on, I decided to join to see where my own heart is and to really start asking myself the same question. Am I truly in love with this amazing BIG God of the universe and do I respond with the same love to others? I will blogging each week of my experiences during the next 10 weeks.

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