Scripture: Mark 3:1-35
Observation: As Jesus expands his ministry, more people speak out against him, and the crowds that follow him and demands placed on him grow larger and larger. Even his own family tries to take him away from the spotlight, but he continues to preach and teach to crowds.
Application: When it comes to crazy, Apple and Rob Siltanen said it best:
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
If anyone was crazy enough to truly change the world, it was Jesus.
I love what the NLT subtitle of this section says: “Jesus’ Family Thinks He’s Crazy.” He’s preaching and he’s teaching and the number of people following him – and opposing him – continues to grow larger and larger. When his family learns that Jesus barely has enough time to eat, here’s what Mark writes:
“When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. ‘He’s out of his mind,’ they said.” (verse 21)
His own family thought he was crazy – for doing exactly what his Father called him to do.
Think about your own life following Jesus. Have people told you that you’re crazy? Have they told you that you give too much, serve too much, spend too much time at that church? Have they told you that you deserve more for what you give? Have they told you to cut back?
I think anyone who’s truly sold out to Jesus has heard those things, and they so often come from the people we care about and respect the most – our family, our friends. Often times, their “well meaning” advice can make us pause and ask ourselves – is it true? Do I give too much, serve too much, spend too much time at church and with others? We look at our lives and realize that we’ve devoted ourselves to giving, serving, and connecting, that our lives are “out of balance” and lived in anything but moderation.
But the truth is it’s impossible to follow Jesus “in moderation.” The only way to follow him is to live a life of reckless abandon, to go all out and give everything you have. A life lived in moderation is really no life at all.
Let’s think about like this: we serve a Savior who gave his very own life for us. We’re totally undeserving. We’re sinful and broken and incomplete, and he’s perfect and blameless and whole. Yet, he willingly died a difficult, painful death for me. For you. For every person in this world.
So let’s be the crazy ones. The misfits. The ones other people don’t understand. The ones whose own families think they’re crazy. The ones who see things differently. The ones who don’t live by rules but instead live with reckless abandon for our Savior. Let other people quote us, disagree with us, vilify us. We’ll let them know we serve one master – King Jesus. The only thing other people can’t do is ignore us. Because we change things. We’re light in the darkness. We’re filled with the power of Jesus Christ. We push the human race forward because we know the only thing that matters is helping everyone we know enter into a relationship with Jesus. And while some people call us crazy, we call ourselves followers of Jesus. And we’re just crazy enough to change the world – and give all the glory to Christ our King.
Prayer: God, I pray that I’d be okay with the “crazy” label if it means I’m fully sold out to you. I pray for the ability to live a life fully sold out to you. I pray you’ll help me unabashedly and unashamedly bring glory to you everyday. Amen.