Hear me clearly in this, because it is vital – in fact, there is nothing more important or eternal: Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made?
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 97
I am concerned for the poor but more for you. I know not what Christ will say to you in the great day… I fear there are many hearing me who may know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudgingly at all, requires a new heart; an old heart would rather part with its life-blood than its money. Oh my friends! Enjoy your money; make the most of it; give more away; enjoy it quickly for I can tell you, you will be beggars throughout eternity.
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne
as quoted by Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 89-90
From other references in Scriptures (Colossians 2:1; 4:13, 15-16), the church of Laodicea appears to have been a healthy and legitimate church. But something happened. By the time Revelations was written, about twenty-five years after the letter to the Colossians, the Laodiceans’ hearts apparently didn’t belong to God – despite the fact that they were still active as a church. Their church was prospering, and they didn’t seem to be experiencing any persecution.
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 88
Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. I wonder then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded? You’ll notice that he didn’t add, ‘But hey, if that;s too much to ask, tell them just to become Christians – you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.”
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 87
Would you describe yourself as totally in love with Jesus Christ? Or do the worlds halfhearted, lukewarm, and partially committed fit better?
– Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, copyright 2008, page 68