After commenting on Chapter 2 in Crazy Love for a week, one thing I can say with certainty, Pastor Francis Chan does not hold Christians who are wasting their lives in very high regard.
Some of his comments from Chapter 2: “The truth is, some people waste their lives.” “Our lives here are short, often unexpectedly so, and we can all stand to be reminded of it from time to time.” From Revelation, the quote “I know your deeds; you have a reputation for being alive but you are dead.” From A.W. Tozer, “A man by his sin may waste himself….That is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.” Ecclesiastes 7:2 “It is better to go to a house of mourning than go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”
Let’s be honest here. What are the signs that you are wasting your time here on earth?
- Life is all about you. You rarely ever think about the needs of others. You are into getting as much as you can and you already have more than most. You don’t know how to share. You don’t know how to give. You do know how to consume.
- You have feelings of dislike for others. I hesitate to use the word hate, but your dislike is very strong to the point that you wish ill will on others. People get on your nerves. You don’t spend any time exploring their position in life, trying to see why they do what they are doing; all you know is you dislike them immensely.
- When it comes to your spirituality, you go through the motions. You go to church on Sunday and your attitude is that you are trying to endure the service. You have other things on your mind as others worship and lunch is uppermost on the list of things you want to do when the pastor quits preaching.
- You spend zero time in prayer and study in your personal life. To you, prayer is “corny” and you don’t take it seriously. Study is too hard. You don’t have the discipline and you have more important things to do [like watch tv 4 to 6 hours a day].
- There is a disconnect between your life at church on Sunday and your life the rest of the week. You may sin frequently. You may treat others poorly. You do not offer your help to others who need it. You put on a Godly face on Sunday but it disappears when you leave church.
Why do many people live like this and others live like the 14 year old girl in Chapter 2, Brooke Bronkowski?
Brooke wanted to live every moment for Christ. To her, her faith was not a silly exercise or a habit without meaning or a façade that she presented to others.
Her essay “Since I Have My Life Before Me” is a testament to the positive effect of belief in God.
From her essay she said “I have a life before me. I will give others the joy I have and God will give me more joy. I will do everything God tells me to do. I will follow the footsteps of God. I will do my best!!!”
She only had fourteen years to do her best, but her fourteen years counted for something. She did more in fourteen years than many people have ever done in much longer lives. She wanted to live life to the fullest.
When she died tragically in the car wreck, Pastor Chan spoke at Brooke’s funeral and invited those who wanted to know Jesus to come to the altar. He said at least two hundred students came to the altar and there was a Bible there for them, Bibles that Brooke had bought to give to her unsaved friends.
That day, two hundred Bibles were distributed and two hundred friends were saved.
“On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. On the average day, we don’t consider God very much. On the average day, we forget that our life truly is a vapor.”
Pastor Francis Chan does not hold Christians who are wasting their lives in very high regard.
Would he hold you in high regard?