Do you live your life so brazenly for Jesus that some will see you as crazy? Every Christian by default or profession of faith is making one of these decisions for Christ: 1) “I am living all out for Christ regardless of the cost and appearance.” 2) “I reject Christ as Lord of my life because I know better how to live my life.” 3)“I will live all out for Christ as long as I can play around the edges, so as not to upset what others think of me, inconvenience myself, go against any cultural norms, or take any risk.”
The decision to live all out for Jesus or to merely have Him as a fixture in your life is the demarcation line of God doing great things in your life or you just being involved in religion. When you live all out for Jesus, you live in a way that removes the cultural boundaries that restrain you, so that you can totally lay your life out for God’s use. Galatians 2:20 describes it by saying, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Religion forms God around your life according to your needs, pleasures, desires, and/or aspirations. The interesting thing about Jesus living all out for God was that people around Him fell into three groups: 1) Those who could not get enough of Him. 2) Those who thought He was crazy, blasphemous, and demonic-possessed. 3) Those who stood at a distance with admiration, intrigue, and interest. The funny thing about living all out for Christ is that it is radically attractive to those who are lost, hurting, struggling, and rebelling. It is attractive because it is authentic. Being authentic is not a facade but a statement of faith that is supported by your commitment to live and act according to what you say and believe. The world is turned off by Christians who say one thing but do another. There were a few who wanted to take Jesus to the psychiatric ward, but Jesus could not eat because of the crowds pressing in on Him. His authentic faith - not religion - attracted others to Himself.
2 Corinthians 5:12-15 “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.” (NIV)