In his book Crazy Love, Francis Chan observed that the church of today seems to be missing something; that it is missing out on all it is supposed to be, for those inside - and outside - the church. Much of the book is Chan’s invitation to believers to be shaken out of a complacent faith and to experience the crazy, relentless, all-powerful love of The God of the Universe.
In Chapter Six he proposes that love of God is the effective antidote to a lukewarm faith.
But how do we acquire that love for God? Chan says that it’s not by trying harder.
“The fact is I need God to help me love God. And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other fault-filled humans. Something mysterious, even supernatural must happen in order for genuine love for God to grow in our hearts. The Holy Spirit has to move in our lives.
It is a remarkable cycle: Our prayers for more love result in love, which naturally causes us to pray more, which results in more love…
Imagine going for a run while eating a box of Twinkies…it would be near impossible—you would have to stop running in order to eat the Twinkies.
In the same way, you have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin. When you are pursuing love, running toward Christ, you do not have the opportunity to wonder Am I doing it right? Or Did I serve enough this week? When you are running toward Christ, you are freed up to serve, love and give thanks without guilt worry or fear. As long as you are running you are safe.
But running is exhausting—if, that is, we are running from sin or guilt or fear. (Or if we haven’t run in a while.) However, if we train ourselves to run toward our Refuge, toward Love, we are free—just as we are called to be.
As we begin to focus more on Christ, loving Him and others becomes more natural. As long as we are pursuing Him, we are satisfied in Him.”