Last week you learned the difference between being a Christian and being a disciple. A disciple is an apprentice of Jesus and follows His teachings. It’s a person that lives their life as He would in order to become a world changer. Some of His teachings were weird and cause you to give up on the normal things in life, but it’s good to be weird in a God kind of way. When God points you in a direction, you can feel it in your heart. As you continue your walk with God, you will discover the unique goals and callings that He has for you. It’s all right to be different and it actually makes you more attractive to others.
Pastor Michael read from Matthew 7:13-14 which tells us to enter through the narrow gate. Many of us take the broad road and enter through the wide gate that leads to destruction. Pastor Michael called this the highway to hell. The road that leads to life is narrow and the gate is small allowing only a few to find it. In todays society the road to destruction includes feeling stressed, overwhelmed, rushed, working at a job you dislike, living in debt and having relationship tension. A cookie cutter Christian takes the wide road and often lives without direction. It’s easy to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing. A disciple takes the narrow road. It’s hard to do the right thing, but if you listen you will hear God’s calling for you.
If you don’t want to be like everyone else and have what they have, then you have to change how you think. How you think right now is the future you. Pastor Michael gives three rules of thumb to make that happen. The first is to stop thinking like normal people think. What drives who you are? How do you use your time, money and the people in your life? Unless you have decided to be weird, you are normal. If you fix your attention on God, you will change from the inside out. The second point is to stop living like normal people live. Do you go with the flow and do what everyone else does? Do you drag the past around with you or do you live in freedom as your sins have been forgiven? Being weird goes against our culture and is hard to understand. That leads to the third point, which is the need to please. The biggest obstacle to living a weird life can be summed up by the letters WWPT. That stands for what would people think? That kind of mindset will cause you to forget what God thinks.
When you choose to live life God’s way, the outside world will not understand you. This involves making God a priority and adopting His teachings. As you leave normal behind, your gifts will come out. Isn’t it time to embrace the unique weird that God has for you?