We cannot separate the life we have on Sunday, where we turn up to worship Jesus, hear a great word, have the right spiritual-sounding things to say, maybe occupy a front row seat, maybe even hold a (perceived) important title, and then turn around and live the rest of the week a different person.
The world a has a name for this, it’s split personality disorder. Sometimes called, multiple personality disorder. And recently it has been given a new name: dissociative identity disorder.
It’s not politically correct, but in the past people with split personality would have been called crazy, or insane.
If we are so practiced at looking the part of the good Christian in front of the right people, then willfully turn around and exploit people, work underhandedly, dishonestly gossip, willfully ruin a reputation, etc, we are dissociating ourselves from the life of Jesus. We dissociate ourselves from His identity.
We literally have multiple personalities. We have a Christian personality, lived out in front of some people. And then, a very non-christian personality lived selfishly and uncaringly, as if we are the only people who matter.
Spiritually speaking, we have a split personality–a split-spiritual-personality. This is a crazy way to live. It leads to mood swings, frustration, and confusion. Happy one day, unhappy the next. Unsettled and anxious on the inside. Our faith wanes and insecurity will rule in our heart because we have are living a double life–this is spiritual insanity, CRAZY!!
No christian is perfect. Only Jesus is perfect. We make mistakes–plenty of mistakes. But the difference is WILLFULNESS.
Willfully tolerating sin in our heart, making excuses–self-defending lies, having watered-down convictions, brings this double life. We invite the crazy! We invite the devil to have a field day in our lives. This is insane!
But, if we are open and honest before Jesus, committing to fully follow Him, we will daily reflect more of Him. There will be an ongoing transformation in our life. Our motivations change. Our life will be marked by warmth, generosity, and great love toward others.
And, our life will be marked by CONSISTENCY because Jesus Himself is consistent and true to His infallibly good nature.
God wants the life of Jesus to be fully formed in us, Ephesians 4:13. His character. His nature. His grace. His generosity. His truth. Jesus is Truth personified. There is a Oneness. A singleness that is consistent–always the same. His nature is unchanging.
There is nothing crazy, insane, or inconsistent in Jesus. There is no crazy in following Jesus. Crazy is when we halfway follow Him and a lot of the way follow our flesh.
Don’t be crazy. Follow Jesus with everything!