Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm A Christian and I'm Normal!

Really?

For most of my life I’ve wanted to be a “normal” girl. I’ve wanted to be like “everyone else” and fit in with most folks. I had my fair share of worldly anxieties and lived by my emotions like others I knew (you might still catch this happening from time to time). I wanted to be a normal girl…and oh yeah, a Christian too. The problem here is that “Christian” and “normal” don’t go together.

They never have.

In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Houston, we’ve got a “normal” problem.

You see to deny myself would mean to stop living for my desires and my feelings and live for the desires of Christ. That’s not normal though! It’s not normal to say “no” to what you want when it doesn’t match up to the will of God. You still have the desire for it! Look around you. Normal people do what they want when they want. Normal people don’t base their ENTIRE lives around God and His will. Normal people just “do me”. It’s not normal to “deny yourself” when you live in a world that fully promotes living for yourself.

And then we come to the “take up his cross” part. This is really not normal. Who would normally want to go and take up a cross? It’s heavy! But that’s what Christ did though. Jesus stood firm in his faith and served others even when they lied about him, doubted, insulted, judged, and mocked him. Not to mention he literally carried a cross and was then crucified on it! What is normal about this type of behavior? We live in a “you do me, I do you” society. “Normal” people are not promoting “carry your cross”. 

“Normal” people are not saying forgive those that hurt you over and over AND over again. Christ is. “Normal” people are not telling you to have faith and hope in God when you are living in hellish conditions and see no way out. Christ is. “Normal” people are not telling you that God has a great purpose for your life when you struggle in school, or don’t get the dream jobs your peers have, or don’t have a man by 30. Christ is.  “Normal” people are not focused on serving the poor and spreading hope to the world. Christ is. Normal people and Christ don’t really fit.
Look at the life of Christ – it was anything but normal. Jesus is a man who fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus is a man who said to the Jews, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Jesus is a man who heard his friend Lazarus was sick and decided to raise him up three days AFTER he died. Jesus is a man who was sleeping through a storm out at sea when his disciples were screaming frantically for fear of death.  Jesus is a man who turned water into wine at a wedding feast at Cana. Jesus was a man who talked back to unclean spirits and rebuked them. Jesus is a man who knew he was the Son of God yet had enough discipline and self-control to not use his power to kill the people that beat and tortured him during his final hours. Instead, he did something wild and crazy and prayed for their forgiveness while he was hanging on the cross - "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

Hmmm.

If we’re going to be Christians, we’re going to have re-think this whole “normalcy” thing. You see as Christians we’re called to spend our lives becoming more like Christ.  How can that happen if we’re living to be “normal”? If you want to be normal, you’re going to have a bit of a tough time being a Christian because honestly, Jesus wasn’t normal. Jesus was a rebel.

A rebel with a GOOD cause/:

What are your thoughts on this, loves? Do you think Jesus was a rebel? Do you think you can be a Christian and be normal? Leave a comment below:)

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4 comments:

  1. Totally agree. I think Jesus IS a rebel ;)

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    1. Once I got "hip" to this, I gained so much CLARITY

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  2. Great post, being a christlike is not normal per the worlds standards. Due to sin we have to purposefully work hard towards being different from the world.

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  3. Thank you, Highly Favored! I remind myself continuously that we are to be in this world but not of it. It can feel tricky at times but it is for our best benefit - joy, peace, contentment.

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