I felt like being challenged today so I figured I would find a Francis Chan video. This video did not disappoint me. The underlying message here is God is always in control. We may think we are in control or need to be in control, but ultimately God has a perfect plan.
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laurel pankratz said:
Thanks, Dino. That was needed today. 🙂
Dino Evangelista said:
You are welcome, Laurel!
Challenge might be a slight understatement. But not challenging in the obvious manner of trusting God with our money, time etc… It’s challenging because you see what an open line of communication he keeps with God. Only in such an open, honest relationship can you even begin to hear God tell you to do these “outlandish” things. That is the true challenge. He has so many crazy things to tell us to do that are counter culture, but are in line with the culture of the kingdom. If we aren’t paying attention, how can we begin to do any of them? He has a great adventure for us.
What really hit me between the eyes was his definition of what constitutes and emergency. If we are truly living in a kingdom mindset then the plight of our fellow humans, especially fellow believers, truly is an emergency.
Obviously, we will all have our personal convictions about what we do with our resources, and it might be complete and total disobedience if we were to be like Francis, just like it would be total disobedience for him to follow what I feel are my personal convictions. But the point is making sure we are on the same page with the Lord and that we are willing to follow him in total obedience even when what he’s telling us seems so stinking implausible.
Or as my hubby put much more succinctly, “I’m convinced it’s all about willingness. We MUST be in the place that we are willing to hear God say “Give it all away” and we respond with “ok, where, to whom?” That doesn’t mean the journey looks the same, it doesn’t mean we’re called to give everything away and live on the edge of faith like that, but it does mean that we aren’t living faith based on a number in a bank account.