Adam Hince

The musings of Syndal Baptist Church's Gen Y and Beyond Pastor

What matters most?

Posted on | January 9, 2012 | No Comments

Last night at Syndal Baptist Church, I shared with the people there some of what Jesus taught about what it was important for a person to do. He was asked by a person who we can assume had a good grasp of the 613 commandments found in the Old Testament because he was a teacher of the law, which of those mattered the most.

Jesus said simply… Love God, and Love people.

Those simple lines have complexity when we take them into the different contexts of our lives.We took two questions away from the words of Jesus to ponder through the week…

What does it mean for you, in the various environments in which you live, to love Jesus?

What does it mean for you, in the various relationships that you have, to love others as yourself?

A few people asked me afterwards about loving God… how do you love something you can’t see? Do you love God like you love a girlfriend/boyfriend – or like you love the beach? How do you love someone whom you are not certain loves you back? Francis Chan has written a book called “Crazy Love” where he expands on this idea. I highly recommend you check it out! Below are some excepts from that book (sourced below) that explain a bit more about what it can mean to love God. He calls it a “Profile of the Obsessed” … using “obsessed” to describe the kind of crazy love that people can have for God. He writes….

“People who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly, without censure.  Obsessed people love those who hate them and who can never love them back” (p. 132).

“People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else.  Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress” (p. 133).

“People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another.  Obsessed people believe that Jesus talked about money and the poor so often because it was really important to Him” (p. 135).

“Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo.  A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth” (p. 136-137).

“A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the sin of pride is always a battle.  Obsessed people know that you can never be ‘humble enough,’ and so they seek to make themselves less known and Christ more known” (p. 138).

“People who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden.  Obsessed people take joy in loving God by loving His people” (p. 139).

“People who are obsessed with God are known as givers, not takers.  Obsessed people genuinely think that others matter as much as they do, and they are particularly aware of those who are poor around the world” (p. 140-141).

“A person who is obsessed thinks about heaven frequently.  Obsessed people orient their lives around eternity; they are not fixed only on what is here in front of them” (p. 142).

“A person who is obsessed is characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God, above and before every other thing and every other being” (p. 143).

“People who are obsessed are raw with God; they do not attempt to mask the ugliness of their sins or their failures.  Obsessed people don’t put it on for God; He is their safe place, where they can be at peace” (p. 144).

“People who are obsessed with God have an intimate relationship with Him.  They are nourished by God’s Word throughout the day because they know that forty minutes on Sunday is not enough to sustain them for a whole week, especially when they will encounter so many distractions and alternative missions” (p. 145).

“A person who is obsessed with Jesus is more concerned with his or her character than comfort.  Obsessed people know that true joy doesn’t depend on circumstances of environment; it is a gift that must be chosen and cultivated, a gift that ultimately comes from God” (p. 146).

“A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the best thing he can do is be faithful to his Savior in every aspect of his life, continually saying, ‘Thank You!’ to God.  An obsessed person knows there can never be intimacy if he is always tyring to pay God back or work hard enough to be worthy.  He revels in his role as child and friend of God” (p. 147-148).

Francis Chan, Crazy Love, (David C. Cook Publishers, Colorado Springs, CO: 2008) pgs. 129-148.


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