Living by (manic) faith …
I never saw the movie “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” but I always liked the title, just because it has a lot of truth in it.
It’s a mad world out there!
And here’s one of the things that makes living in this world a mad experience: trying to live out a manic faith.
A “manic” faith?
A manic faith is when you consistently push against what you say you believe about God. Many who call themselves Christians do this routinely. They believe God made them, and that God can save them, but they push against what God wants for them. Things like holy lives, communion with Him, and loving others as He loved us.
They practice a manic faith, trying to take from God only what they like, and push against the things they don’t like. It’s a mad mad mad mad thing to try to “sort” the things of God by your own likings. Instead of experiencing freedom and peace through a manic faith, you only discover frustration and failure.
Instead of a manic faith, Jesus says to us …
“… Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.
Are you living a manic faith, or by faith?