How is your life viewed by others? Do most people find you normal? Do you “fit in” with relative success, no one really seeing the effects of your Christian walk?
I’d like you to stop and consider a few Bible characters for just a moment. Consider Moses, he fit in for such a long time in Egypt, yet when he finally stood for God, he was viewed in a different light. When the commission to serve God really came forward, it was ridiculous to the Egyptian mind.
“Why would someone give up the chance to be Pharaoh, to lead an oppressed people out into the wilderness?” Ridiculous! Then he turns around 40 years later and goes to take over the world power of the day with a stick in his hand!
Of course we all know how ridiculous Noah looked when he began to do something for God. “It’s never rained, and you’re building a boat on the top of a mountain. Ooo-kay!”
Of course, we could talk about Abraham going to offer Isaac on top of the mountain, Gideon paring down his army to 300, Shamgar attacking 600 philistines with a farm implement, little David taking on big Goliath or apostles staggering around like drunk men on the day of Pentecost. The list could go on and on.
What do all of these have in common? From the outside looking in, they are quite ridiculous!
I CORINTHIANS 3:18-19
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
So, I ask again. How is YOUR life viewed by others? Do they find you a little odd? Quirky? Ridiculous? They should. All throughout the Bible we find such instances. If the world looks at our lives and sees nothing strange, then I wonder what kind of lives we are living?
Bro Branham says:
“You know, sometimes when you get persistent and hear the Voice of God, it makes you do things ridiculous to the carnal mind. You act strange, funny. You’re an odd person.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)
He also said:
“Faith finds a source that others don’t see. Faith finds a source that others can’t see it. Faith is ridiculous to everybody but God and the fellow that’s got it. It’s ridiculous to everybody besides God and the person that’s got the faith. Now, it’s all–it’s all–it’s a surety to them. It’s a sure to God, and it’s a sure to the person that’s got it. But the rest of them thinks they’re crazy. Always have.” (62-0719E PERSEVERANT)
So, do the people at work find you crazy? Perhaps they find you praying at lunch time. Perhaps they find you in a corner reading the Word with tears streaming down your cheeks at break time.
How about the people at your church? “Man, that brother/sister just LOVES everybody. They’re always happy. You can’t get them to say anything negative about nobody.” (Unfortunately, many people conclude that person is just wishy-washy, but that’s a topic for another post!) The spirit of Christ in you should have SUCH POWER that you would LOVE the unlovable. You would love the ones that talk bad about you. You would press in to the Spirit even when all others have given up. That sounds ridiculous to far too many!
Are you ridiculous? Are you serving Him? Are you displaying Him? Your faith in action should be ridiculous to the carnal mind. If your faith is not in action click here!