by Ernest Liu
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  • Eternally Focused

    You and Me Forever • Reading Journal Log 1

    While meeting up with a couple brothers, we proposed a challenge – this week, read something, then blog about it. Aim for a few entries.

    Challenge accepted.

    I decided to read… okay, I decided to attempt (for the fourth time) to read through You and Me Forever. Francis and Lisa Chan share their wisdom on that tricky thing called marriage.

    Because I am crazy about Lisa, . . . I want her to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:23).

    Think of all the awards, promotions, accolades, and accomplishments you would love to receive in your lifetime. Go crazy in imagining it all. And then answer this: Could anything be better than hearing those words from Jesus in the first moments of eternity?

    – You and Me Forever (p10)

    Reading about this kind of crazy love Francis has for Lisa is quite extraordinary. Often times we are compelled to have a Christ-centered relationship, but what does that really look like?

    It looks weird… really weird. From what I see in the Scriptures, it is extreme and counter-cultural. Maybe it’s because a Biblical marriage isn’t ultimately about the people who are married. It’s about God. Even when we are told how to love each other in Ephesians 5, we see that marriage is a canvas that paints a picture of how Christ loves us.

    I’m pretty sure I don’t have the gift of singleness, so I hope to be married one day. If it happens, I hope that the woman will be furiously chasing after God. I want to know what it’s like to love God more every time I look at her. I want to know what it’s like to have a mutual love for our Creator as He takes us on a journey to conquer the world with the gospel. I’d want to cheer her on as she looks forward to the day when she can hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

    Guys, if I ever get married, encourage me to keep my perspective eternally focused.

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