DayBreaks for 12/06/19: Which One is Crazy?
There are plenty of people in this world who think that Christians are a bunch of crazies who should be put into a looney bin. I can understand that point of view, actually. There is plenty in the Good Book that seems crazy when you stop to think about it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true – in fact, it is actually an indicator of the truth of the story. No one would have made up these kind of crazy things: people past childbearing holding their toddlers on their knees, a big boat that saved the human race, young boys felling giants with one projectile, people receiving sight, a virgin birth, the dead being raised. It’s pretty wild stuff, and I for one can totally understand how unbelievers think we may be nice people by and large, but that we’re not playing with a full deck.
Surprisingly, some Christians think other Christians are crazy, too. This is usually a label that one believer gives to another when the recipient of the label takes the Word at face value and tries with all their power to live out what they believe to be true. One might call it fanaticism, another craziness. Either way, it’s sad that we should ever think someone is crazy for trying to live out the Word as they feel led to do by the Spirit.
In Crazy Love, Francis Chan describes the dilemma when talking about how his family, led by their convictions, moved into a house half the size of their previous home so that they would have more money to give to the Lord’s work and more time as well. The cynics said he was crazy. Francis’ response to them was: “…in the context of eternity…am I the crazy one for selling my house? Or are you for not giving more, serving more, being with your Creator more? If one person ‘wastes’ away his day by spending hours connecting with God, and the other person believes he is too busy or has better things to do than worship the Creator and Sustainer, who is the crazy one? If one person invests her or his resources in the poor – which according to Matthew 25, is giving to Jesus Himself – and the other extravagantly remodels a temporary dwelling that will not last beyond his few years left on this earth, who is the crazy one?
“When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense? Or why do we call it radical when, to Jesus, it is simply the way it is? The way it should be?
“Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth. As Martin Luther put it, ‘There are two days on my calendar: this day and that day.” (Lk. 14:25-35; Mt. 7:13-23, 8:18-22; Rev. 3:1-6)
How crazy are you?
PRAYER: Lord, give us the faith to do crazy things in the eyes of the world, but which are truly reflections of trust in Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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