Craig Groeschel challenged us to be weird God’s way. He said normal isn’t working. I agree and fully embrace following the narrow path. God’s kind of weird works. It leads to blessing, fulfillment and joy. There are ways in which I blend right in to the culture where I live. How can I know when I’m fitting in too well? How can I tell when I’ve become lukewarm or succumbed to worldliness? I strive to grow in Christ-likeness, but I don’t dress like Jesus did or eat like Jesus did or spend my time like Jesus did. Is that wrong? Does God call us all to live out our faith in different ways? Am I guilty of rationalizing my decisions based on what I want? It’s complicated, isn’t it?
There is no question that God calls is to be different. The challenge is determining SPECIFICALLY how God calls us to be different from the world around us. I’ve been trying to come up with questions I can use to help me assess what’s right and wrong. Here’s my draft so far.
- What does the Bible say about it? Have I looked or am I basing my decision on what I think the Bible says?
- Will this grow my faith, hurt my faith or make no difference at all?
- Does this cause or tempt those in my circle of influence to stumble?
- What does this teach my kids in the short-term?
- What does this teach my kids in the long-term?
- Would being weird about this bring God glory/be pleasing to God?
- How does being normal/typical/average about this bring God glory and help me serve Him better?
- Have I asked for God’s guidance (i.e., prayed about it and listened for His answer) or just assumed that I already know?
- Do I have absolute peace about this? If not, why not?
Helpful? What questions would you add to the list?
Groeschel quotes Dallas Willard’s writing in The Divine Conspiracy, “The most spiritually dangerous things in me are the habits of thought, feeling, and action that I regard as ‘normal,’ because ‘everyone is like that’ or ‘it’s only human.'” I pray that each of us will be sensitive to the Spirit’s prodding as He challenges our habits of thought, feeling and action in the coming weeks of Weird. I pray that God will make us uncomfortable in the areas that need changing and that we’d be courageous enough to acknowledge and make the adjustments He desires.
Have a great adventure this week with God!
Blessings and growth,