Nick responded to yesterday’s blog with a comment referencing Francis Chan’s, book Crazy Love. A lot of people have been reading it.
I actually like his ten short videos on the accompanying web site better. Chan is a great speaker who pounds the theme of radical faith. In chapter eight, he asks his readers the question one of his professors asked him, “What are you doing that requires faith?”
Chan responded to the question, “Man, there’s nothing in my life that requires faith – nothing that scares me.” So he decided to do something. He got in his car and drove into L.A. and began sharing his faith. He recalls, “I was terrified, but I remember seeing God come through in ways I’d never experienced before. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
He exhorts us – try something, anything that requires faith that may scare you a little bit.
You have to love what Heidi and Gabe Landes are doing with her three young kids (check their blog out here
). They were challenged by James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
They decided to respond as a family, so now they ask God what to do and do it. Heidi explains it here:
“I read somewhere about a saint who would read the Gospels in the
morning, and then go out in the afternoon to do whatever he had read
that morning. Sounded very interesting! So this summer, the kids and I
are going to dedicate Fridays to trying this out.
Our kids are pretty little (ages 7, 5, 3, and 1) so I am not sure how
much they will understand. But I want them to know that Jesus is alive
and active today, living through us as Christians. So I am trusting
that God will maybe use us to be His hands and feet as we try to love
others as Christ did.”
What about you? What are you doing that, if God doesn’t show up, will certainly fail? What are you doing to build his kingdom that leaves you scared?