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No More Complacent Love

Since we’re reading a Francis Chan book for our next book club discussion, I thought I would share again a quote from one of his other books. It’s a tough statement, but it is both convicting and thought-provoking.

“Most of us use ‘I’m waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life’ as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday or go on your last vacation or to exercise this morning? Probably not. But you still did it. The point isn’t that vacations or exercise are wrong but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet we are slow to commit to serving God…  The world needs Christians who won’t tolerate the complacency of their own lives.” –Francis Chan, Crazy Love (disclosure)

Honestly, the last week or so I have had a deep cry and prayer in my heart. I certainly have struggles and stresses, but what I keep coming back to is, “Father, wreck me with your love.”

I have literally woke up several times in the last week uttering these words. Why am I praying it? Because the only thing that will change the world and the people in my immediate circle is the expression of divine love.

Yes, you’re busy. Yes, you’re stressed. Yes, you’re frustrated or discouraged or in pain (or all of the above). You want people to deserve love, to follow the procedure, to earn somehow what they need from you.

assistGod’s love overrides that–it’s bigger than that.

When His love wrecks you, you won’t take it out on your spouse or kids because your boss was a jerk or unfair.

You won’t use people to gratify yourself or manipulate them to get your desired outcome.

You won’t ignore the often silent cries for help that come from those around you.

When His love wrecks you, it changes you. You see it’s not all about you.

This is what I need and what I want. I have loved with the capacity I have been capable of, but I am desperate for an increase. What I’ve known of pure, divine love for others is not enough. His love is not preoccupied with present circumstances or guarding against future heartache.

It’s consistent and constant. It’s never going to fail.

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. –Psalm 36:7

I want such an experience of His love that I can’t help but see people as He sees them and love them to life. Go ahead, Father, wreck me and I will never be the same.

How about you? Will you make this your prayer?


  1. I haven’t been praying those exact words, but something similar. One of our men went to a conference a couple of months ago and heard a song by Wil Regan called “Set a Fire.” He played it for the worship team and then we sang it a few weeks ago in worship. I have trouble getting that tune out of my head.
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    • I’ll look up the song. I’ve actually been writing a song talking about the fire in His eyes. Thank you, Bill.

  2. Oh man, that’s a scary prayer! You got guts, brother! You’re right of course, when we’re at one with Him our whole perspective changes. That’s when we live at peace regardless of what’s happening all around us.

    • Honestly, I feel compelled to pray it. I’m dissatisfied with where I am and I feel His Spirit drawing me into new things! It is a scary prayer for me. Introverts would rather love from a distance and not up close. 🙂 Thanks Floyd.

  3. I love that prayer, Jason. It is courageous, but also life changing. I’ve repeated 3 or 4 times and will continue to throughout the day. “Father, wreck me with Your love.” It makes us see people instead of interruptions and annoyances. It gives us compassion, and inspires mercy and grace. Wow! Thank you for this!
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    • That you read it and took immediate action so blesses me, Deb! I’m tired of seeing with my eyes. I want to see with His through love! Thanks so much.

  4. Seems God is calling out to His people. I echo your response and heart’s cry: “Lord, wreck me with your love!”
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    • Thank you, Dusty.

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