The response to the Book Club yesterday was overwhelming. Evidently there are a lot of you who are out there looking for a way to grow in your spiritual world. I guess that's no surprise. The readership of this blog, and many others like it, are on the rise as we're all just trying to figure out what the foundations of the Christian faith are, and how we can put them into daily practice.
Crazy Love is a great way to start!!
Yesterday we started talking about Chapter 1. It's titled, STOP PRAYING!.
At first glance it seems like Chan is trying to play on a little shock value with Christians, but as you read through it, His challenge to stop trying to use God as a genie or someone to just call on in troubled times is amazing.
He talks about the wonders of the universe. He pulls out some interesting facts about creation, i.e. 'Did you know a caterpillar has over 228 muscles in it's head?'
The overarching theme...Stop talking all the time, and start looking around at the wonder and majesty o God.
So this morning, I was working through Matthew 13, and found this, "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field" (v.44)
My question to you this morning is simple...How much is the kingdom of heaven worth to you?
Is it worth spending some time in quiet bewilderment at the beauty of a Creator?
Is it worth taking some initiative to discover it's minute details?
Is it worth time observing the vast expanse of the Universe, and meditating on it's purpose?
Is it worth spending your life's savings to go and, like the man in the story, buy a field knowing it's in the middle of the field?
After reading the first chapter of Chan's book, and reading through Jesus' account of what the Kingdom is going to be like, this morning, I'm spending time in quiet meditation.
Oh God, you are my God, and I will forever praise you.
Oh God you are my God, and I will ever praise you.
I will seek you in the morning.
And I will learn to walk in your ways.
And step by step you'll seek me.
And I will follow you all of my days.