Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.— Francis Chan
The most perspective Francis Chan quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
The world says love yourself, grab all you can, follow your heart.
Jesus says deny yourself, grab your cross and follow me.
It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe - the creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.
But God doesn't call us to be comfortable.
He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.
God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.
God's definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.
We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.
The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.
Again, our marriage problems are not really marriage problems.
They are heart problems. They are God problems. Our lack of intimacy with God causes a void that we try to fill with the frailest of substitutes. Like wealth or pleasure. Like fame or respect. Like people. Like marriage.
He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a 'Christian' without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.
Be careful not to turn others' lives into the mold for your own.
..we have a # God who is a # Creator not a # Duplicator .
Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
What are you doing right now that requires faith?
When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, and my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God's command to always rejoice.
When we become overly concerned about our appearance, our spiritual reputation, our coolness, and our acceptance, we are living as citizens of this world rather than as ambassadors.
Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin;
they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.
Lukewarm living and claiming Christ's name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God.
The point is not to completely understand God but to worship Him.
Let the very fact that you cannot know Him fully lead you to praise Him for His infiniteness and grandeur.
The God who loans you life sees your every move, hears each word you speak, knows your every thought. You are seen by God. Noticed. Known.
We don't get to decide who God is.
When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work.
But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love.
"Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?
Can you worship a God who isn't obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?
I want to see people do more than simply raise their hand when they come to Christ. Where are the totally changed lives?
God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself.
The answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts-it's falling in love with God.
Proclaiming the gospel to a lost world cannot be just another activity to add to the church's crowded agenda. It must be central to who we are. It forms our identity.
Has your relationship with God changed the way you live your life?
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.
Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?
The fact is, I need God to help me love God.
And if I need His help to love Him, a perfect being, I definitely need His help to love other, fault-filled humans.
The very fact that a holy, eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful, fair, and just God loves you and me is nothing short of astonishing.
Frankly, you need to get over yourself.
It might sound harsh, but that's seriously what it means [1 Corinthians 10:31].
Are we in love with God or just His stuff?
God is the only being who is good, and the standards are set by Him.
Because God hates sin, He has to punish those guilty of sin. Maybe that's not an appealing standard. But to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards.
I really believe it's time for some of us to stop apologizing for God and start apologizing to Him for being embarrassed by the ways He has chosen to reveal Himself
He measures our lives by how we love.
Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better, but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly.
God is love, but He also defines what love is.
We don't have the license to define love according to our standards.
The stress that some of us feel - it's a lack of faith, it really is.
God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him.
When it's hard and you are doubtful, give more.
...our concern is more about going to heaven than loving the King.
From start to finish, this movie is obviously about God.
He is the main character. How is is possible that we live as though it is about us?
Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created FOR God.
.. don't we live instead as though God is created for US, to do OUR bidding, to bless US, and to take care of OUR loved ones?
We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God.
The greatest knowledge we can ever have is knowing God treasures us.
True faith manifests itself through our actions.
As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron;
there is no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are 'lukewarm' are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven.
We should be so joyful from God's grace that others would respond by saying, 'I wish I had your God.
Our lack of intimacy is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with Him.