This fall, I’ve been reading through Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love (Kindle version) with my friend Dave. The book has a lot of good, and challenging, things to say, but I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I hoped I would. I have crazy respect for Francis Chan, both from the things I’ve heard him say here and there, and from what I know of the church he started. Somehow though, his personality hasn’t fully translated to the written word, and I think the book could have used that.
I did read a quote in one of the middle chapters that has given me lots to think about:
If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream.
My first reaction to this quote was not positive. It conjured up memories of a horrific Christian t-shirt from 15-20 years ago. You remember the one? It read Go Against the Flow, and had an image of an ichthus swimming in a different direction than a bunch of cartoon fish with fangs. (I tried to find an image of it to share with you…thankfully, Google failed me.)
Yet, I can get away from the simple truth of these words. I know I am created in the image of God, and I can catch small glimmers of God’s heart and character in me still. But I am broken, and I will not be put back together by my own efforts. To pursue Christ, to fully realize who God created me to be, requires an intentional way of living that allows the Spirit to be at work on me. What I want to do is often not who Christ created me to be.
So, no, I’m not going to hit up thrift stores in hopes of finding a cheesy old t-shirt to help me remember this. But I am going to be a little more intentional today to be moving with the Way of Jesus. And hopefully tomorrow, I will be able to say the same.