A few nights ago I was thinking about a subject that many encounter when they first learn God’s Truth. I, for one, was not a very “religious” person in my early years. I respected those who did have those inclinations, but I would rather talk about “hot rod” cars, boating, sports, music, etc.
But once I was called into the true Church, I became very zealous in talking to others about it.
Others noticed a “change” in my conversations and interests. It was rumored that I was “losing my mind”. I talked so much about the “new things” I was learning about the Bible, that my father even told me that I was being “brain washed”.
The Apostle Paul was accused of being “mad” or “crazy”, when explaining his “conversion” or “calling” to King Agrippa and the governor, Festus in: Acts 26:24 “And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside yourself; much learning doth make thee mad. 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.” Read the entire account and you’ll see that Paul was learned enough to almost convict these Romans to “be a Christian” (ver. 28).
We need to know God’s Word well enough, to explain it to others who genuinely desire to know the Truth and meaning of what it means. Some only want to argue and make you appear to be an uneducated buffoon or crackpot. Don’t let them trap you with “foolish questions” that only engender strife: Titus 3:9 “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.”
On the other hand, we are to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”(II Tim. 2:15)
Finally, I don’t care how many people accuse us of being “mad” or out of our mind; God has given us His Definite Promise: II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of A SOUND MIND.”
So here is what we need to be striving for: Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”