One of my daughters loves to watch "Nitro Circus" – a tv show where several friends travel around the world riding dirtbikes, base jumping, and performing reckless stunts. Every time I have watched it I have thought to myself, "These guys are CRAZY! What person in their right mind would try to do this stuff?!" Yet to them it seems it’s not a big deal. They know they may get injured but to them that’s a risk they are willing to take for the thrill or adrenaline rush. Yet I’m sure I’m not the only person who thinks they are crazy.

This morning I have been thinking about this quote from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan,
"Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers."

In our world today I think sometimes the things we do make sense to unbelievers if it’s a humanitarian outreach or something similar. However, when we start doing things that are more than a short term mission trip or something that requires more sacrafice on our part, that is when it doesn’t make as much sense to them.

You mean you spend EVERY Wednesday with 15 teenagers? ~
Why are you willing to do _____ without getting paid?! ~
Ministry in a prison? Those people deserve to be there! ~
You’re forgiving so and so?? Don’t you remember what they did to you?! ~
You’re quitting your job to do what?! ~
How can you have peace when ______ is happening?!

I have to say that all too often, though, it isn’t just the unbelievers who question those things. Too many times those who claim to be believers find it difficult to understand why someone would willingly spend their free time mentoring youth, working on ministry teams in prisons, quitting a good job to go into the mission field.

Try this object lesson: Take a 100 ft. rope and measure off 2 in. at the end (or even be generous and measure 6 in.). Cover that first 6 in. in red tape. This represents your life here on earth, the rest of the rope represents eternity. Too many people (Christians included) spend entirely too much time worrying about that first 6 inches: what kind of car they drive, how big of a house they can get, how much they can save for retirement, etc. How crazy is it that we spend so much time worrying about our time/ treasures here on earth when the rest of the rope is what should really matter?

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

More and more I am realizing that there is no sacrifice I can make that is too great. After all, Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for me and you.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. – Jim Elliot, missionary to Ecuador (check out his story in "End of the Spear")



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