Crazy Love: What Shall We Do?
From Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan (Chapter 10):
After the apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, people “were cut to the heart and said … ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” (Acts 2:37). The first church responded with immediate action: repentance, baptism, selling possessions, sharing the gospel.
We respond with words like Amen, Convicting sermon, Great book … and then are paralyzed as we try to decipher what God wants of our lives. I concur with Annie Dillard, who once said, “How we live our days is … how we live our lives.” We each need to discover for ourselves how to live this day in faithful surrender to God as we “continue to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12).
Should you put your house on the market today and downsize? Maybe. Should you quit your job? Maybe. Or perhaps God wants you to work harder at your job and be His witness there. Does He want you to move to another city or another country? Maybe. Perhaps He wants you to stay put and open your eyes to the needs of your neighbors. Honestly, it’s hard enough for me to discern how to live my own life!
My suggestion as you think, make decisions, and discern how God would have you live is to ask yourself, “Is this the most loving way to do life? Am I loving my neighbor and my God by living where I live, by driving what I drive, by talking how I talk?” I urge you to consider and actually live as though each person you come into contact with is Christ.
Asking and reflecting on these sorts of questions points us in the right direction, but we have to get beyond asking the right questions. We often have “aha!” moments, but don’t act; in fact, we’re famous for it in the church.
Take a few minutes today to ask and reflect on what God might want from you. And then take some action on it.
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- My Radical To-Do List
- Be a Part of God’s Renewal in Your Neighborhood
- The Gospel Gives Me a Heart for the Poor
- Penn Jillette on Compassion
- A Gospel-Centered Response to the Fatherless