Here is part 2 of our discussion about Chapter 6 (part 1 here). In the last post we talked about “God’s Will“, and how God has a big-picture-will for our lives (Matthew 22/28). As Francis Chan notes in the chapter, God cares more about what we do for Him today, then what we will do for Him 5 years from now. God wants us to live for Him on a daily basis. I ended the post by saying:
How we accomplish [God’s overall will for our life] depends on what God is leading us to do. How do you find out this answer? By connecting (and staying connected) to Him – His Spirit – on a daily basis.
It is here that I want to continue our discussion in regards of giving it all for Christ. Instead of me babbling, I want to share three (big) quotes from the book. I think they speak to the heart of what I want to say – and need to say – anyways. In writing this, my prayer is that you read each quote openly and honestly, and that you actively seek the Father to teach you what is being said and how to apply these insights to your life NOW, not tomorrow.
Jesus is calling us to be willing to suffer anything and forsake everything for the sake of the gospel. His call is to love those who [are unlovable, including enemies] … His call is to consider everything a loss for His sake. His call is for total surrender. He calls us to give up all that we have, to give even to the point of offering up our lives as a living sacrifice. His call means realizing that His power is made perfect in our weakness, that when we are weak we are also strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
[God] typically asks us to play an active role in the journey toward wholeness. He doesn’t need our help but invites us to participate. Often this journey to freedom takes time, sometimes a very long time. And it takes perseverance. It takes participation on our part. We have to get on the treadmill and run – merely looking at the workout machine doesn’t do a whole lot. (See also Romans 12:11 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19.)
Living by the Spirit implies a habitual, continual, and active interaction with the Holy Spirit. While this sounds exhausting, it really isn’t because all of this living and action is done in the power of the Spirit. It is not by your own strength.