Crazy Christians   5 comments

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It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming – the pastor’s sermon preview: 

Christians are considered by many to be crazy. And with good reason, as A.W. Tozer notes:

“A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so that he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge.”

It should not be surprising that at times we are misunderstood. In the text that is before us this week, the Apostle Paul explains how crazy people like us can be effective in reaching a world that has lost its way. It all comes down to the “ministry of reconciliation” emanating from our transformed lives.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 

The Ministry of Reconciliation
11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The verse that I struggle the most with above is verse 15:

…that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Lord, may I truly live for you!

Posted November 16, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Life, Quotes, Religion, Sermon Notes

5 responses to “Crazy Christians

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  1. Yes Lord! I love this post Lana! Thanks for sharing it…

  2. What I see expressed here are mysteries and metaphors common to the teachings of many faith systems. We are created in the image of God to know and to worship God. Thus our true nature is a spiritual one. Our physical body is of the animal but our soul is of the spirit. That being said: we die to our lower nature that we may live in God. We know we find salvation through the Christos (Word of God) that avails itself as a great educator to us all.

  3. I would say that most think we’re crazy not only for the above reason but for the fact that this love and relationship with One unseen does not reveal itself with those seen. A great deal of professing Christians are angry and cruel, gossip horribly and enjoy the failings of fellow believers. Matthew 18 is rarely ever practiced and love for your family and friends and fellow laborers is lost in the daily whatnot of life. I’ve come to notice when I’m shopping that most folks in the store look thoroughly ticked off and annoyed. But, with a smile sent their way, they rise above the darkness and return it. How can we profess to love God if we do not let the love radiate from us and touch those around us? As Peter said, “Those that say they love the Lord but hate their brothers they are deceived.” Basically, if we aren’t showing love to those here, we aren’t loving God. Great blog entry.

  4. May there be a problem with how a doctrine emphasizing fear of hell and damnation taught in some churches; combined with a very spiritually destructive media-promoted, highly competitive, commercially driven culture is based; have something to do with how we as individuals behave bound up in this ultra promoted womb of judgment, division and difference.

  5. No longer living for myself…only through the Spirit of Christ! May He have His way in me…

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