February 19, 2009

Are You Obsessed?

Last night atextremelogowe talked about the profiles of people who are “Obsessed” with Jesus.  A lot of the information that we discussed was from a book I’m reading called Crazy Love  picture-2 by Francis Chan.  I had to speak to the 6th grade Acteens during the first half of  eXtreme so I felt the message was a little rushed.  

Chan profiles people who are obsessed as:

  • People who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly.  Obsessed people love those who hate them and who can never love them back. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected.  A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of popularity or wealth on this earth. 
  • 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.
  • People who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden.  Obsessed People take joy in loving God by loving His People.
  • 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 on a show for God; He is their safe place, where they can be at peace.
  • 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 an hour on Sunday is not enough to sustain them for a whole week. 
  • A Person who is Obsessed with Jesus is more concerned with his or her character than comfort.  Obsessed People know that True Joy only comes from God.
  • 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 that there can never be intimacy if he is always trying to pay God back or work hard enough to be worthy.  He is a Friend of God!

Are You Obsessed?


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