You know those friends with whom you have so many inside jokes with , every conversation you have involves going back and forth, saying the most strange things and everyone around you tilts their head to the side and looks at you in confusion? Most of the time these conversations don’t make sense to anyone else except you and that person. No matter how many times you bring up these silly things, it just doesn’t get old and you laugh every time like it’s the funniest thing ever. But everyone else thinks you’re crazy and rolls their eyes. After you both are done cracking up and crying from the funny, you take a deep breath and explain it to the others and it’s just not that funny to them. But you don’t care because your friend gets it and laughs with you.
Sometimes it’s like this between us and Jesus. His relationship and calling on each of our lives is unique. I’ve had times where I have an epiphany and I know what God wants me to do. When I’m in my prayer time I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what that next step is for me. But it may not look like your next step. It might be crazy. He calls us to love the unlovable or take the job that pays less or stay living in a place that nobody likes, or to jump on a plane to another country, or write a book, or give money away, or many other crazy things that make people tilt their head to the side and look at you in confusion. I know we shouldn’t care when people don’t get it, but personally I get frustrated when people think my plans are crazy. When we talk to God we are so sure of what we’re supposed to do, and then we decide to share it with people and we get all kinds of opinions. Our parents think it’s irresponsible, or best friends might not want us to leave, people at work think you need to get a career, strangers think you need to make more money and stop doing things for free at church. Of course there are people who will come along side you and support you, but sometimes when people think my ideas are crazy, I start to believe them. When I tell people I want to be a writer they tend to give me that smirk and nod like they are thinking, ” suuure you are.” And there will be many people who do this when you talk about what God has stirred in your heart. But we just need to have eye contact with Jesus and see that glimmer in his eye that shows He gets it. We need to keep our focus on Christ and the things God has put on our hearts. We can’t stop spending time in prayer asking God to show us the way. If we do then we are just moving on our own intuition and knowledge and that’s when our crazy becomes insane. Before you can have inside jokes with people you needs to have had many conversations before hand to create the inside jokes. We need to see that God is faithful before we believe Him and we need to spend time listening to Him and reading His Word so we can tell people, ” You might think this is extreme, but the Bible says to love people and this is How God revealed to me how to love better.” Of course we should take advice from our friends and family, but ultimately we need to take our direction from our Creator.
Maybe you are on the other side of the coin. Do you tilt your head at people in confusion when they start acting passionate and making wild plans because of Jesus? You just don’t get it? Well Jesus acted wild for you and me when he came from heaven as a human and died so we might live. He continues to love you despite your failings and sins. We need to drop the pride and self-righteous attitude. Really listen to what God wants you do to. When we soften our hearts and live in awe of Christ’s grace, we are willing to take bigger risks. Sometimes we compare ourselves to others. When other people go big for God, we might judge them or even be intimidated by their confidence. Maybe it makes you feel guilty for not obeying God in your life. We all need to come before God with an open mind, remember how crazy He is for us, and love crazy for others. But your crazy will be different from my crazy. If we all did the same thing in the Kingdom of God, we couldn’t reach the whole world. You might be called to missions but that doesn’t mean you need to convince everyone you know to go on missions because they are meant to do something where they are. Let’s all stop tilting our head at each other in confusion and just enjoy the relationship with have with Christ, keeping Him as our anchor and the voice that guides us.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.