I respect Francis Chan a great deal. My wife and I spent countless hours watching his sermons during the first years of coming to Christ. While I respect his gift of teaching, I even more respect the fact that he truly lives out the instruction of Scripture, especially regarding finances. In a time where we see pastors arrive to church in Bentleys and wear $10,000 dollar suits meanwhile their congregation struggles with paying rent and having food on their tables, Francis stands out as a man that considers the eternal riches in heaven above anything he could earn here on earth. This quote sums up his approach to finances…
“Chan gives away about 90 percent of his income, doesn’t take a salary from his church, and has donated most of his book royalties, which have totaled about $2,000,000, to various charities.”
Talk about radical giving! Everyone is not called to this level of giving, but everyone is called to have their eyes so fixated on Jesus that the passing treasures of this world mean very little to them. I just want to encourage others based on Francis’ example. Let’s set our minds on things above and selflessly serve others with compassion as Christ did. Amen!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
A large portion of the world has a distorted view of salvation. There are those that say they believe in Jesus but live a life like they don’t. Not only do they have an incorrect view of grace, but they contribute to skeptics’ unwillingness to believe in God. Why would someone want to believe in Jesus when all they see is bitter, hypocritical Christians? To the skeptic, God loves you. I apologize for all Christians (including myself) that depict an inaccurate picture of God. But do not take it out on Him. Please look past our imperfections and see His righteousness and goodness. To the professed believer, examine your ways. Grace is not a license to sin, but should be the reason you decide not to. Understand that it is possible to profess belief in Jesus and still endure eternal punishment. If you don’t believe me, take a second from only reading John 3:16 in isolation and read the entire NT and see what I mean (see Matthew 7 and Revelation 3 for examples). In closing, God’s supreme love for humanity is intended to drive us to living a restored life with faith in Jesus by the help of His Spirit, leading to the eventual inheritance of eternal life. Please don’t let this truth be distorted any longer.
“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)
There is TRANSFORMATIVE power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the Bible discusses dying to your old self and walking in newness of life, it is not figurative, it is an absolutely one hundred percent perfectly true reality!
I have told thousands of lies, I have been high off drugs numerous times, I have been belligerently drunk numerous times, I have been arrested, I have had premarital sex, I have cheated in relationships, I have had depression, I have had anxiety attacks, I have contemplated suicide, I have driven recklessly, I have cheated on exams, I have been immersed in pointless popular culture, I have wasted countless dollars on the latest fashionable items, I have stolen money, I have offended God in every conceivable way…..
…But He still loved me and gave His life for me…
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)
God loved me even though every single day I spit in His face, “proclaiming” that I was Christian but living a life that looked absolutely nothing like Christ’s. But when I finally understood the Gospel it wrecked me; it changed everything in my life…It was a complete paradigm shift nothing was the same anymore. I can openly admit everything I have done because Christ has freed me from myself and what others think about me. I could care less! My approval is from God, not man. And God is offering that same FREEDOM to you! I am no longer the man I was years ago because God has made me new, He has changed my desires to be in accord with His. And He has granted me the FREE GIFT of salvation which I humbly receive. I implore you, be reconciled to God. Let Him scour you from the inside out and let Jesus live inside you that He may transform you into who you were always created to be: a vessel to bring God glory.
If this encourages you in any way and you don’t know what to do… reach out to me. I know good and well that people need someone to talk to, pray with, and help them in this journey. I’m here for you!