Laboring for Love

A few nights ago I was chilling at Starbucks with my journal and Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

“When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work,” he wrote. “But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love.”

That quote made me think of the story in the Bible about Jacob working for Rachel: “Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.”

That testifies so powerfully to the all-consuming nature of love; Jacob was thinking of his reward, of his true love, every moment of those seven years. They flew by because he was working his way to Rachel and actively making progress in pursuing her. She was all he wanted, and he would do anything to obtain her.

When you find The One, nothing is too much trouble. No wait is enough to make you give up. You’ll do anything because nothing else matters — because winning the one you love is worth it all.

How would our lives change — how would the world change — if we were head-over-heels, crazy in love with Christ?

There would be no apathy. No indifference. No “lukewarm Christians”.

No. There would be an unstoppable army of Christians rising up to fight for and claim the love of Christ. No, we can’t earn God’s love. But if we were truly crazy for Him, we’d fight for it as though we wanted to make ourselves worthy of it.

Dang. I want to see what that would look like.

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