This is one of those verses that make you really think about your temperature as a Christian. Look back and think how many times we are have heard the words,
“I just want to be a normal Christian”
“I am just not as fanatical about things as you are.”
Yeah…I lost count too!
This verse puts the word “normal” into an entire new perspective. A few years ago, I watch as a missionary walked out of a ten year career as a chemical engineer, and his wife walked away from a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology to sell everything and move to a foreign country. I will never forget the words he said when he stood before our congregation they go like this, “There is no sacrifice to great for Jesus!”
You see that may not sound like normal Christianity to us, but according to this verse, that is exactly what normal Christianity is suppose to look like. Truth is, we have watered down Christianity in America to just being a social club in our closest religious circle. Most club members think they are really doing something for God by filling up a seat, and being a decent moral person. Truth is, you are as sour, stale, and luke-warm as the majority of Americans that claim Christ as their Savior. I frankly believe God is so sick at those that call themselves normal and in all reality they are way below normal. Truth is, there is no radical, fanatic, and super Christian out there. There is normal, and subnormal. There is those that have laid their bodies down, lives, and futures down for God, and there are those that think they are doing God a favor by going to church and reading their Bibles.
My plea is that we all (including myself) wake up and realize the meaning of “normal”. God does not take it lightly and neither should we!
Today’s Challenge: Be a “Normal Christian”!