Francis Chan quotes

  • Jesus asks for everything, but we try to give Him less.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #Giving #Thought Provoking

  • Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Inspirational #Inspiring #Fear

  • Be careful not to turn others' lives into the mold for your own...we have a #‎ God who is a #‎ Creator not a #‎ Duplicator .
    -- Francis Chan

    #Mold #Be Careful #Turns

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #God #Trouble #Situation

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #God #Jesus #Thought Provoking

  • God's definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.
    -- Francis Chan

    #What Matters #Purpose #Definitions

  • Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Plans

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Facts #Worship #Praise

  • If life were stable, I'd never need God's help.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Needs #Helping #Need God

  • 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?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Thinking #Make You Think #Arrogance

  • The world is not moved by love or actions that are of human creation. And the church is not empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit. But when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.
    -- Francis Chan

    #People #Church #Gathering

  • We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Powerful #Live Life

  • He measures our lives by how we love.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Live By

  • Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian Inspirational #Religion #Christianity

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Spiritual #Acceptance #Citizens

  • The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Inspiration #Want #Life Is

  • Has your relationship with God changed the way you live your life?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Live Your Life #Way #Relationship With God

  • It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Selfish #Light #Land

  • The wise man comes to God without saying a word and stands in awe of Him.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Wise #Men #Awe

  • Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America. Just as the prophets in the Old Testament warned Israel that they were not safe just because they lived in the land of Israel, so we are not safe just because we wear the label 'Christian' or because some people persist in calling us a 'Christian nation.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Land #America

  • When it's hard and you are doubtful, give more.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Giving #Doubtful

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Moving #Speak #Loan

  • I think most American churchgoers are the soil that chokes the seed because of all the thorns.  Thorns are anything that distracts us from God.  When we want God and a bunch of other stuff, then that means we have thorns in our soil.  A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Sports #Team #Mean

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Heaven #Oxymoron

  • We don't get to decide who God is.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Who God Is

  • Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Crazy #Mean #Have Faith

  • My biggest concern for this generation is your inability to focus, especially in prayer.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Prayer #Focus #Inability

  • ‎"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?
    -- Francis Chan

    #People #Matter #Loving God

  • We need to stop giving people excuses not to believe in God. You've probably heard the expression 'I believe in God, just not organized religion'. I don't think people would say that if the church truly lived like we are called to live.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Believe #Thinking #Expression

  • The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do. The Spirit will lead you into the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and that is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be. The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be…
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #Mold #Safe

  • Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Thought Provoking #People #Want

  • True faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His Promises.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Inspiration #Mean

  • He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a 'Christian' without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Want #Followers

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Perfect #Facts #Needs

  • Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can't contain Him. Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Order #Perfect #Christian Inspirational

  • I have one reason why you should walk away from that temptation right now. One reason: God. Is. Better.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Temptation #Reason #Should

  • Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so that they don't have to.
    -- Francis Chan

    #People #Live By

  • The world needs Christians who don't tolerate the complacency of their own lives.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Needs #World

  • God exists outside of time, and since we are within time, there is no way we will ever totally grasp that concept.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Way #God Exists

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Powerful #Love You #Knowing

  • It's incredibly arrogant to pick and choose which incomprehensible truths we embrace. No one wants to ditch God's plan of redemption [the cross], even though it doesn't make sense to us. Neither should we erase God's revealed plan of punishment because it doesn't sit well with us. As soon as we do this, we are putting God's actions in submission to our own reasoning, which is a ridiculous thing for clay to do.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Punishment #Clay #Arrogant

  • What are you doing right now that requires faith?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Crazy Love #Doing Right

  • As a culture, were so worried about whats going to happen to us 30 years from now that we are not taking care of our brothers and sisters who need help today.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Brother #Years #Today

  • Hell is the backdrop that reveals the profound and unbelievable grace of the cross. It brings to light the enormity of our sin and therefore portrays the undeserved favor of God in full color.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Light #Color #Profound

  • God interrupt whatever we are doing so that we can join You in what You're doing
    -- Francis Chan

  • Do you love this God who is everything, or do you just love everything He gives you?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Giving

  • Doesn't every encounter with God only cause us to thirst for Him more?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Encounters #Causes #Thirst

  • Don’t believe something just because you want to, and don’t embrace an idea just because you’ve always believed it. Believe what is biblical. Test all your assumptions against the precious words God gave us in the Bible.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Believe #Biblical #Ideas

  • As we begin to focus more on Christ, loving Him and others becomes more natural. As long as we pursuing Him, we satisfied in Him. It is when we stop actively loving Him that we find ourselves restless and gravitating toward other means of fulfillment
    -- Francis Chan

    #Mean #Long #Focus

  • God didn’t just give a little for us; He gave His best.  He gave Himself.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Giving #Littles

  • We have become dangerously comfortable- believers ooze with wealth and let their addictions to comfort and security numb the radical urgency of the gospel.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Addiction #Comfort #Wealth

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christ #Obligation #Manifestation

  • Giving that is not motivated by love is worth nothing.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Love Is #Giving #Motivated

  • I don't want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Want #Spirit #Holy Spirit

  • Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don't have to trust God if something unexpected happens- they have their savings account. They don't need God to help them- they have their retirement plan in place. They don't genuinely seek out what life God would have them live- they have life figured and mapped out. They don't depend on God on a daily basis- their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn't look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Retirement #Believe #People

  • Where it gets weird is that nowadays there are millions of people on this earth who call themselves followers of Jesus, but their lives look nothing like His, and they're not obeying the things that He called them to do.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #People #Looks

  • Following Christ isn't something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Sides #Labels #Done

  • Lukewarm people call 'radical' what Jesus expected of all His followers.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #People #Followers

  • The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation. We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Church #Spirit #Creation

  • In the craziness of our world, it takes tremendous effort to find a quiet place. It takes time to quiet your mind and your heart before the Lord.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Heart #Our World #Effort

  • We have a God who is a Creator, not a duplicator.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Creator

  • It's much less demanding to think about God's will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Thinking #Want #Next

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Knowing #Life Is Hard #Joy

  • Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don't really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #Sorry #Hate

  • If you want to see the big stuff that God has, you've got to take some risk and trust only in the Gospel.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Risk #Want #Stuff

  • Jesus said go and make disciples, but so often we just sit and make excuses
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jesus #Excuse #Said

  • The Bible teaches that true joy is formed in the midst of the difficult seasons of life.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Joy #Midst #Difficult

  • Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Comfort #Worship

  • 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
    -- Francis Chan

    #Believe #Way #Apologizing

  • My love for prayer was an answer to prayer.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Prayer #Answers

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Jesus #Pain

  • Jesus evidently hates it when we tear into our brothers or sisters with demeaning words, words that fail to honor the people around us as the beautiful image-bearing creatures that they are.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Beautiful #Jesus #Brother

  • Don't fall into the trap of studying the Bible without doing what it says.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Fall #Thought Provoking #Study

  • We are not alone.  Even now there are thousands of beings in heaven watching what is going on down here—a ‘great cloud of witnesses,’ the Scripture says.  It reminds me that there is so much more to our existence than what we can see.  What we do reverberates through the heavens and into eternity.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Clouds #Heaven #Scripture

  • When the church really takes on the humble characteristics of Christ, that's going to lead to revival.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Humble #Church #Christ

  • We are consumed by safety. Obsessed with it, actually. Now, I’m not saying it is wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questioning how we’ve made safety our highest priority. We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Safety #Priorities #Purpose

  • God is love, but He also defines what love is. We don't have the license to define love according to our standards.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Love Is #God Is Love #Standards

  • ...our concern is more about going to heaven than loving the King.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Kings #Heaven #Going To Heaven

  • It is easy to use the phrase 'God's will for my life' as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. ... My hope is that instead of searching for 'God's will for my life' each of us would learn to seek hard after 'the Spirit's leading in my life today.' May we learn to pray for an open and willing heart, to surrender to the Spirit's leading with that friend, child, spouse, circumstance, or decision in our lives right now.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Children #Heart #Decision

  • ...no worship is better than apathetic worship.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Worship #Apathetic

  • Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe 'even if there is no God.' But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Play #Desire

  • ...I don't have to worry about not meeting His expectations. God will ensure my success in accordance with His plan, not mine.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Expectations #Worry #Gods Will

  • ...there is still a need for those of us nestled deep within the Christian bubble to look beyond the status quo and critically assess the degree to which we are really living biblically.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Degrees #Needs

  • Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Needs

  • God has given you this good stuff so that you can show the world a person who enjoys blessings, but who is still totally obsessed with God.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Blessing #World #Stuff

  • 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?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Character

  • Both worry and stress reek of arrogance.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Stress #Worry #Arrogance

  • 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.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Jobs #Thinking #Important

  • He does not have to know us so well, but He chooses to.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Doe #Wells

  • God's art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Art #Speak #Reflecting

  • ...you will have a choice: to adjust how you live daily or to stay the same.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Choices

  • We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Technology #Community #Say Anything

  • Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better, but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Helping #Stink

  • Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church...so long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living. Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right. Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want to be saved from the penalty of their sin. Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Christian #Luxury #Long

  • I don't want Him to return and find me sitting in a theater.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Sitting #Want #Return

  • We have to believe it enough that it changes how we live.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Believe #Christian Inspirational #Enough

  • Joy is something that we have to choose and then work for.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Joy

  • The greatest knowledge we can ever have is knowing God treasures us.
    -- Francis Chan

    #Knowing #Treasure #Knowing God

  • We are each given different gifts and talents by our Master. The thing that matters most is how we use what we have been given, not how much we make or do compared to someone else. What matters is that we spend ourselves.
    -- Francis Chan

    #What Matters #Different #Gifts And Talents

  • Are we in love with God or just His stuff?
    -- Francis Chan

    #Stuff #God Love