ARE YOU “OUT OF YOUR MIND?”

“If we are ‘out of our mind’ as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you”.

2 Cor 5:13 NIV

Some people regard those who believe in Jesus as ‘nut cases’. Some believers give the impression that they live in another world, are a little bit crazy and “soft in the head”.

Some of the critics of the apostle Paul looked at him in this way. He didn’t teach the “worldly wisdom” that most of the travelling teachers did. And he spoke of a resurrection that didn’t make any sense. Furthermore, he was possessed of an enthusiasm that suggested he was “a bit touched”. Paul also spoke in tongues and that was a sure sign to some that he needed to have his head read. His reply was typical – “We don’t mind being dismissed as crazy. We are ‘Crazy for Christ’. It’s a great way of life. We’re more alive now than we ever were before we knew Christ”. But some Corinthians were impressed. These men said things that made life “hang together”. They were offering hope, peace, faith and love that they had never witnessed before. And through their message some Corinthians had become alive with the life of God.

Don’t be afraid of being regarded as “crazy for Christ”. There is no need to be foolish, nor to abandon all common sense. There is such a thing as “sanctified common sense”. But passionate commitment that holds back at nothing is what “moves mountains” in the cause of Christ and the gospel. William Booth once defended his enthusiasm for Christ by saying, “If standing on my head and banging a tambourine between my feet would bring one person to Christ I would happily do it”.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, help me to be crazy for you.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Lord, teach me to pray. When it seems that you do not hear or will not answer, help me not to become discouraged nor to feel that my prayer technique is faulty. Teach me to persevere and to allow the difficulty to draw me closer to yourself. Help me to be patient and to carry on and deepen my faith in you. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 7:24–29