I actually have heard people say, it’s okay to be a Christian, just don’t get too excited about it.
C.S. Lewis writes, “Christianity, if false is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
I would say that if we truly love God there should be some obsessive, inexplicable behavior in our lives.
There should be some “over the top” behavior,
such as giving to the poor, or going on a mission trip, or serving at a homeless shelter.
Or reading the “whole” bible in a year, or praying out loud everyday, on your knees.
Or fasting, or teaching a bible study……in a prison.
Or moving to China to be a missionary, or giving away a car, or sponsoring multiple orphans, or adopting one into your home.
Or visiting a shut in everyday, or paying for someone’s college who is not your child, or giving your annual bonus to help build an orphanage. Or giving your lunch to a fellow student who has none.
Or paying “all” of your taxes…….
I know that people in love do extravagant things. I was talking to a fellow worship pastor this weekend. I had heard that he had sold his beautiful hand made Collings acoustic guitar. I have been looking at buying one, but they are on the pricey side.
This guitar was worth more than my first three cars. (That says something about the quality of my first three cars) He said yes he did sell it, to buy his wife’s engagement ring. That must be some ring.
I am reminded of two parables Jesus taught in Matthew’s gospel.
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46
When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Jesus’ love was and is extravagant.
So let’s be a little crazy today. In response to such love.