Out Of Your Mind

“Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” Act 26:24.

Last week I read the tragic story of a missionary in Yemen who was killed by a radical militant group.  Here was their reason, “This so-called teacher was proselytizing for Christianity.”  Fox-news broke the story last Monday and details made it clear that this teacher and his family had moved to Yemen in hopes of making a difference.  Local authorities said; “This teacher has always been extremely respectful of all religions.”

The sad reality for some would be, “This family had to be out of their mind to move to hostile place for Christianity sake.”  This is what Paul was accused of in Acts 26:19-32.  The king could not comprehend why this man would put his life on the line for the gospel.

Here is Paul’s explanation: “Whether short of long, I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am-except for these chains.” Acts 26:29.

Paul’s desire was that the gospel would go forth.  He did not have concern for his own life. Yes the world would consider him out of his mind, But the opposite is true.  When Paul came to Christ he had a new nature with a new mind that truly understood what life is really all about.

This was the case with the teacher who moved to Yemen.  I wonder, “How are you making decisions for your life?”  Are you making them with the leadership of your new mind or your old mind?  The new mind is controlled by God and the old mind is controlled by you.

This morning the following verse challenged me to think out of my mind and in His mind, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”  Proverbs 16:3.

Now, certainly there are those who would say, “The teacher’s life had no effect.  It must have been wasted.”  I would totally disagree.  The word never returns void.  Without a doubt this teachers life affected and will affect so many.  Even this day, what you read is because of this life.

I challenge you to start listening to your new nature and forsake the old nature.  When you do, be assured there will be challenges.  But at the same time there will be great opportunities for the gospel.

 

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