Written in 2007 and first published in 2008, Francis Chan expanded his book, Crazy Love, in 2013. This literary basically talks about who really God is, how crazy is His love to His creations and how should we, the so-called Christians, are expected to respond to this love.
The author started the book by describing the amazing trivia of living creatures from the number of feet a caterpillar has to how far the blood can be circulated inside our body with a single beat of our heart. Truly, the creator of the earth and the universe is a God that we cannot exaggerate. The words wow and beautiful seemed so lacking. The adjectives fabulous and extravagant are all understatement.
He, being complete and lacking nothing doesn’t need anything from us. Without us, it doesn’t make Him less of a God. The irony is that He loves us, crazily. As Francis illustrates, “The wildest part is that Jesus doesn’t have to love us. His being is utterly complete and perfect apart from humanity. He doesn’t need me or you. Yet he wants us, chooses us, even considers us His inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:18)
Fact is that we see God as our Savior only, not as our Lord. We are just concern about not going to hell but we cannot surrender everything unto His lordship. We treat Him as someone who can provide the desires of our hearts. Having a total control of everything, we are always concern on what God can do to us not on how we can love Him back. Always focusing on ourselves.
“We need to stop living selfish lives, forgetful of our God. Our lives here are short, often unexpectedly so, and we can all stand to be reminded of it from time to time. Remember that in the movie of life, nothing matters except our King. Don’t let yourself forget. Soak it in.”
As Matthew 22:37-40 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
Indeed, grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is the formula of salvation. But we should not forget that “good works” is a result of salvation. A transformed life is a manifestation that the Holy Spirit is living in us.
Having read the book for the 2nd time, it is a great challenge on my part to live my life focusing more of God and less of me – by loving Him and loving the people that surrounds me, especially those whom I do not expect to love me back. As Francis emphasized that most of the time, we are overwhelmed after hearing a good sermon or reading an inspiring book but we tend to forget that the most important thing is how we will put everything into action.
Knowing is one thing, doing something about it is another.