Being A Normal Christian

2 Corinthians 5:13-14… “If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life” (NLT). The King James Version uses the words “for whether we be beside ourselves,” which refers to being delirious or deranged because of being zealous for God.

The more we strive to be a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ the more the world will be opposed toward us. Have you ever noticed that? The world will use terms like “fanatic” or “religious nut” if we radiate extra zeal and extra joy for Jesus and His cause. The mind of true Christians and the mind of the world are exact opposites. To the Christian, Jesus is the center of life. It is He who determines every thought and act. To the world God is just a pleasant dream, never the heart and soul of everyday life. The world thinks that you are “beside yourself” (crazy or delirious) if you enjoy Jesus, if you seek a closer relationship with Him, if you witness, and if you go to church faithfully. If you spend a great deal of time with God the world becomes uneasy in your presence. You are different… you are not a reasonable person. You are “crazy.”

It’s funny… The world is not only anti-God, it is little-God. It wants people to have just enough God to make them nice, but not so much of God as to make others uncomfortable. Worldly people want to worship a God who never interferes with their lifestyles or pleasures. The Bible gives us a choice: to be normal by Christ’s standards or normal by the world’s standards. Whatever you choose, you will either please Jesus or you will offend the world. You cannot please both. Who is worth the pleasing? Moses gave us the answer: “Choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV).

Pastor George Belobaba

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