13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. – 2 Corinthians 5:13-15
Being a parenting can be a pretty crazy business. Sometimes I think God gives us children to remind us that we can still be goofy if we want to be… and for our children we get goofy. When they are infants we will make the craziest faces, the weirdest noises, make up the funniest words and sounds all to see them laugh or smile. If you took out of that context – we would look like we were insane! But it’s for a good cause… our kids.
Paul knew what that was like even though he didn’t have any children. People accused him, and all the believers in Corinth of being “out of their minds”… and he addresses that plainly. He says, “We are! But it’s for God! It’s for a good cause.” And why? Because of the most unbelievable thing: Christ’s love, a love that went to a cross and died for our salvation, that love compels believers to live “out of our minds”. Reaching out to our neighbors or friends for Jesus Christ can seem like an insane thing, but we are called, we are compelled by Christ’s love to live for him and even sacrifice our own pride and self-centeredness for Him!
But are we willing to be a little out of our minds – for one who did some pretty crazy things for us… like giving up his very life so that we might be saved from our sins?