Have you ever been told that you’re crazy? What did you feel about it? Were you thrilled, exhilarated, or offended? Or perhaps you just felt funny being told that you’re insane? Whatever you felt, you’re still crazy enough to have felt that way. 😉
I, myself, have been told that I am crazy. If I would count the times that people lovingly or sarcastically said it, I wouldn’t be able to count them with my two hands. Plus, I don’t know who labelled me as such behind my back, but let alone. I actually thank them for seeing that realest description of myself.
Ever since I became a Christian, many “weird” things have taken place. For example, since I was young, I have always loved reading books, however, the Bible was not even on my list. But when Jesus revealed Himself to me in a dream, I suddenly felt the natural urge and eagerness to seek Him and know Him by reading God’s words. I also felt convicted of my own sins, making me fall down to my knees and cry out in repentance. In a blink of an eye, my life turned around and I received His promises for me. I went from glory to glory and strength to strength, and from that day on, I lived each day with the wonderful hope that He is always with me and that He will never leave me nor forsake me. Receiving Him in my heart was the moment when I could say I almost felt weightless because all the burdens and bitterness I had kept long hidden were purged out and forgiven right before my eyes. And I could say I was out of my mind, too. Who would ever understand the mysteries and amazing redemption that God does in a person’s heart? Not even my mind could grasp it.
Weird. Odd. Strange. Abnormal! Name it. Because in this fast-changing, restless, hostile world, devotion to God and the decision to trust Him for one’s salvation is an unpopular and not a normal choice to make. We live in a world where people will mock you for proclaiming the good news, scoff at your conviction, hate you for the truth, and ridicule your stand and belief in Christ.
In reality, we have two choices- to be with God’s presence or to go into the wilderness and away from His love and forgiveness. The choice you make makes you the kind of crazy that you wanted to be. Would you prefer to be mad about the One who could save the world, or be mad about the vain, passing, and futile things in this temporary world? In this kind of generation, it pays to have a solid foundation and make a firm stand. It takes courage to submit yourself, your pride, self-righteousness, envy, unforgiveness, anger, rebellion, your sins to the One who can wipe them all away and make you into a new person.
Indeed, those who are true followers of Jesus have gone mad. They’re mad about God’s unfathomable love, power, and limitless grace. They’re insane about praising Him at the top of their lungs and worshiping Him with trembling and highest adoration. They are madly crazy about God and all that He is. Because in this life that we have, it is up to us if we would embrace our purpose of knowing Him and enjoying His amazing love that is abundant and most beautiful. For me, it is way better to have an undignified faith and endure all oppositions than to be away from the King of my very own heart.
Yes, I am crazy. Are you?