By Zach Wood
1 John 4:9-10
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I have honestly never though about God when I hear the word "crazy". I have never really associated that word with anything God has done. It just has never come to mind. However, after recently having picked up the book "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, I have thought about that word in a whole different way. And since I have been reading the above passage, God's Love has a new perspective in my mind and heart now.
How do you feel that God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Universe, came to this earth as a human being and gave His life on a Cross for you? Do you really take the time to stop and just ponder this act of Love? The more I ponder it, the more it does not make sense to me now. This is an act of Love I cannot wrap my mind around. I cannot comprehend its full meaning. I cannot make sense of it at all. I cannot analyze it. It it not logical. It is unexplainable.
Can you make sense of it? Can you fully comprehend what He did for you? If not, then good! This is all a part of His Crazy Love! This is an insane act of Love that the Creator of this world did for you and for me. We are so imperfect and so selfish. However, God loved us so very much that He paved a way for us to come back to Him through Jesus Christ. That is Crazy Love alright! He chose to die for us, even though many refuse to follow Him.
Love is not about us loving Him, it is truly about what He did for us. Read the passage again. Love is not that we loved Him, but that He came here to earth and gave up His life so that you and I would not have to pay the punishment for our sins. For the first time in a long time, it blows me away that my Lord and Savior did that for me?
I pray that this devotional makes you just stop and think about His awesome sacrifice. I hope that you will see His Love in a whole new way. I encourage you to read the book I suggested. It will show you just how crazy God's Love is for us. With a love this crazy being given to us, wouldn't we want to give that kind of love back to Him? Shouldn't we be totally sold out for Him no matter what comes our way? I think so. God stopped at nothing to give us life through Christ. We should stop at nothing to love Him and serve Him in return.
This is Crazy Love. Not that we loved Him, but that He loved us enough to come and die for us.