2 Corinthians 5:13-15, 17, 21
If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!… God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

A few weeks back, the youth pastor in our church shared God’s word and the theme of his message was ‘Acting Crazy’! Yes, you read it right and I kid you not. He and a team of youth had just returned from Costa Rica where they went to paint and fix up a church in a remote village and then make a kids park near the village soccer field. Nothing too overt and yet a big deal for the young men and women who went along for whom the reality of life in a developing country was an eye-opener. His point was that in our new God transformed selves, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ and we should try to be different from the broken world, whether in word or deed. Is that what Paul is also saying here?

As a Christian, one of the challenges we face is to convince people that we are not of this world. Anyone who cannot understand what we are saying laughs at our beliefs because we look, act and react like anyone else. I was a mocker once but now after I realized what Christ’s death and sacrifice meant to me, I am the mocked and I praise God for it. The question we need to ask is are we living in the world as a part of it or walking against the tide? If we are one with the world and call ourselves transformed or ambassadors for Christ, anyone would laugh, but when we stand up for our faith and live for Christ and not for the world, the world sees the difference. Many will mock and taunt us but our God sees and uses our lives to touch the many needy around. We count it joy to die to the world and to live for Christ! Let’s stand up and celebrate the one who died for us and saved us from death.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

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Comments
  1. Rani John says:

    Vineet,

    Absolutely true Vineet…When we are just one among them, the world cannot find any difference…they may laugh at us because our talks are different from our walks…but when we take the extra step of ‘acting crazy’…totally different from what the world thinks….we may be an object of scorn and mockery…but there is a God who watches our efforts and will reward us accordingly….I have been an object of mockery many times because of the decisions that I made for Christ…and initially it was hard for me to digest it..but now..I consider it as a privilege and after all if He was mocked and ridiculed…how can I escape from them??

    Great post and thank you for speaking to me..
    God Bless,

    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani,
      Thank you for the encouraging words you have left here. Like you, I often shy away from becoming an object of mockery but have now realized that I can only look better to people’s eyes when I conform to the world and that’s momentary but I am answerable for my actions that has eternal repercussions when I am before the Lord and I want to give Him reason to be pleased, not pained.
      Blessings to you and yours,
      Vineet

  2. Thank you for encouraging us to be followers of Jesus, doing what He asks, despite the comments and actions of others around us. (I seem to make people roll their eyes, simple because I believe He will make a way for us, and say so when asked! ) God bless you! Be crazy for Him today! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      Thank you for being a source of encouragement to me and many other Christian bloggers both through your blog posts and through your comments. It is wonderful to see the Lord using all of us broken and restored clay pots for His glory by filling us with a passion for Him. I’ll certainly remember you when I see others roll their eyes at me 🙂
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  3. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    Great post, I have often thought the same thing. One if the ways I check my compass is to see if i am comfortable and blending in my environment, or if i am rocking the boat and showing the world there is a difference. If we profess Christ, yet chase wealth, possesions, power and flesh then our lifestyle counters what we speak. If we greet the world with love and compassion, we choose forgiveness over anger, and people see that there are things that we WON’T do because of our faith, then we are living our faith. God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Thank you for speaking the words of my heart regarding what we chase. I am constantly at loggerheads with others about this as I have now come to realize that when our focus is Jesus and nothing else, He adds everything to us as we need, never too much but NEVER short and always praise worthy. Praying for you Brother!
      Vineet

  4. Eden says:

    May we all learn to walk against the tide Vineet! God bless you,

    Eden

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