You know you’ve read a good book when, months after you’ve finished reading it, you still think about it almost every day. That’s how I feel about Crazy Love by Francis Chan. This book has challenged me in ways that I can’t even describe.
The chapter that has challenged me the most is called “Profile of the Lukewarm”. In this chapter, Francis Chan challenges the typical description of lukewarm and asks some really difficult questions. Questions that I am still wrestling with. Are we really giving God the best of us? Or are we just giving him the leftovers? The leftovers are “offerings” from a lukewarm person, whom Jesus himself says he will spit out of his mouth (Rev. 3:16).
I’ve never considered myself a “lukewarm” person before. After all, I do the stuff I’m supposed to do. I go to church. I pray. I read my Bible (though I’ve had a hard time getting back into the Word after finishing 2 very in-depth Bible studies this spring). I act like a Christian, don’t I?
But is my heart in the right place? Am I completely in love with Jesus? With God? Is my relationship with Him my utmost priority?
These are questions I can’t seem to get out of my head. Perhaps I have lukewarm tendencies after all…which obviously need immediate attention. I remember finishing this chapter and getting really depressed. It was like a slap in the face. But to be completely sold out to God is a scary thing. It’s 100% commitment. It’s being willing to walk the hard road. It’s putting your relationship with God ahead of everything else in your life…even your husband and children.
I’m still struggling with this journey, but the one thing I do know is that I don’t want to be lukewarm. Getting there will require lots of prayer and quite honestly, a change of heart.
PS- This isn’t a sponsored book review. This book has just really challenged both my husband and me and I wanted to share it!
In fact, I loved it so much…I want to give one away. Leave a comment about why you’d like to read this book as well as your e-mail address. I’ll choose one winner on Wednesday. There’s only one stipulation…you have to promise me that you will read the whole thing! (winner already chosen)