Sweet has reminded me that living for Jesus should make us vastly different than “normal” and challenges Christians to fall so crazy-in-love with Christ that it turns our world upside down and inspires us to live extraordinary lives that do not “conform” but instead “transforms” our lives and the world around us. His challenge to be NUTS for Jesus has hastened my desire to make my life count and to make a difference.
Anyone can do adapt themselves to the world around them. It takes courage to make the world you are a part of adapt to you and the impact that Christ has made. The following is a quote from the book written by Frederick Bruechner, a man who served as both a member of the clergy and a novelist:
“If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully…the life you save may be your own…and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and Order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow Him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.”
Sweet goes on in the book to point out that some of the greatest saints were high-octane sinners before they came to Christ and holy lunatics afterwards.
God, help me to become NUTS for Christ, a person who lives outside of the boundaries of “normal” to become outrageously crazy for Christ.
“A leader is a fellow who refuses to be crazy the way everybody else is crazy and tries to be crazy in his own crazy way.” Peter Maurin