Serving Christ gets hard.  Harder than we expected.  Harder than we can endure.  We are tempted to think, “No way can this turn out well.  My life – the only one I have – is going to end up on the junk pile.  I must be crazy to be out here doing this, taking these risks, getting hammered with this criticism, paying this price.”

But the truth is, your life is retelling the story of Jesus in his death and resurrection.  “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12).  He died, and now he lives.  He endured, and now he reigns.  He wasn’t crazy.  And however this turns out short term for you, God will take care of you.

Remind yourself every day: You’re not crazy.

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9 thoughts on “You’re not crazy”

  1. Encouraging reminder. Thank you.

  2. Paul Adams says:

    After all “by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect” (1 Cor 15:10)

  3. Gaye Clark says:

    Needed this today. Thank you

  4. Chris Wilson says:

    I second Gaye’s sentiment…

  5. Jody says:

    I amen this post because I have had the same thoughts recently. My husband and I have ministered together for 25+ years, he as pastor me as pastor’s wife, Sunday School teacher, Bible study teacher, discipler of women, etc. So easy to continually ask the question: am I making a difference? But it isn’t about me is it? It is about the gospel and what Christ has already accomplished. I want to be his, can I say slave? It is a second by second of dying to self and exalting Christ in my life. Thank you for this post. I needed it.

  6. Ron says:

    True. Thank you

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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