in bible study last night we discussed a puzzling passage in mark 3. it seems that jesus had returned to his home base in capernaum (where he had recently healed a great many people) and, just like the last time, the house where he was staying was mobbed. so much so, the bible says, that jesus and his disciples weren’t even able to eat (i don’t know if i’ve ever been that crowded).
here’s the puzzling part. mark 3:21 says, “When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’” we talked about it as a group, but we really couldn’t get why his family–supposedly the people that knew him best and loved him most–thought he was crazy. what had they heard? and why the drastic action?
then i remember hearing francis chan recently talking about how the greatest source of discouragement in his life was other believers. when chan talks about laying his life down and sacrificing all for the sake of the kingdom, it’s not pagans who resist his message. it’s other christians. “calm down francis,” they say, “don’t be so radical…this life you’re describing is just crazy.”
i want to live a life of total abandonment. i want to be so kingdom-centered that people with earth values think i’m crazy. i want the people close to me to say, “randy is completely out of touch with real life…perhaps we should have him committed.”
i want to be like jesus.