Are You Weird?
19 July 2018
Romams 8:6-9 'The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.' (NIV)
What is it going to take for us to see real awakenings in our nations and our cities; where multitudes of people are turned to God in faith? This may surprise you, but I found my answer to that question in my high school maths class. They told me there that two circles that have the same centre point are 'concentric'; two circles with different centres are 'eccentric'. Think about it: 'eccentric' is a great word to describe what a Christian ought to be. There ought to be something just a little bit weird about me! I should be off-centre by world standards. As a follower of Jesus, my life is not centred on humanism or rationalism or hedonism or any of the other philosophical systems common in our world today. The centre of my world and thought is Jesus the Person. This will set me up in opposition to the world system, or the way things are normally done. The next time someone points to you and says, "You're weird!" point them to these verses and tell them: "I have permission to be strange! What's your excuse?" Nothing short of this kind of radical life will ever really make a mark on the cynical, options-overloaded generation of which we are a part.
Prayer: 'Dear Lord, please help me to live in a slightly "eccentric", or off-centre way. I want you to be the centre of my every thought and decision. I want to be led by the Spirit. I know that will mean I'm different, but I want to follow you with everything I have.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004