So I’ve been studying and taking note of who I am as a person, who I am in Christ, what I believe in, and what I stand for, and I came across a particular memory. There was a person, (someone whom was actually a very good friend) who called me a Jesus Freak over a heated conversation on the phone. At that time I had urged Him not to judge another friend I had because of some of their sinful ways because he too, including my self was of course guilty of sin. When I mentioned how Jesus died so that we could be forgiven and that we all have our own paths to take, he called me a Jesus Freak in such a derogatory way that I was actually taken back and somewhat offended!
Here I am, thinking that I’m finally doing the right thing by trying to live for God. After living in my own sinful world for years, I had finally committed myself and accepted Jesus Christ so that I too can be forgiven for my mistakes. He called me a Jesus Freak! What?! What had made this man feel like it was O.K. to call me a Jesus Freak? Better yet, what would give him the idea that maybe I was a “Jesus Freak”? YES, I love Jesus, was not ashamed to say it and I try hard to keep him first in my life, especially as I grow older and more mature in Him. But the “Freak” part? What was that? What did that mean? When I first thought of a Jesus Freak, I thought of a person with crazy hair, that stands in the middle of sidewalks with bold signs like “God hates…”. Or someone who is only talking about God and are just creepy and weird.
1. The urban dictionary online says that a Jesus Freak is “Someone who displays an unusual or embarrassing amount of enthusiasm for Jesus.” In our natural society, a freak is considered to be a person that is strange, not normal and does not quite fit in with the rest. A lot of the time, this freak is not liked, made fun of and abused emotionally, verbally and unfortunately physically. Now my situation had not been to any of those extents, but it stuck with me just as much. I mean, I’m not the type yelling at everyone I meet telling them if they don’t accept Jesus, they’re going to hell. (Although I may offer the opportunity while being led by the spirit in love) So I addressed it to my husband…”Am I a Jesus Freak?” The question should have been, is being a Jesus freak a bad thing? Well, we came down to this humbling but rejuvenating conclusion.
Being a Jesus Freak is not so bad with of course the right motives, and it’s is actually an AWESOME Thing!
In Mark 8:34-38 “And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37 For what can a man give in return for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.“
Now when I think of people who could have been considered a Jesus Freak, a few names from the Bible come to mind. King David danced and praised God in the middle of the street without caring who was watching. 2 Samuel 6:14 , 6:21-22.
Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.'” 4 Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
When remembering our conversation, I realized I was being persecuted for His name sake! So count it all joy! Matthew 5:11 , James 1:2-3
I may sometimes appear to be a strange and peculiar person when it comes to the things of God and my faith, but one things for sure, I am not and will not be ashamed to proclaim the gospel and what and whom I believe in! In a sense, I’m obsessed with Him! I love Him So much! I’m OK if God calls me to stand outside with a clown suit on, waving everybody down and telling them how much Jesus loves them! I’m OK with doing extraordinary things for His name sake! I’m ok knowing that I stand for someone who is truly good, who is Love and teaches me to walk in love. I’m OK with knowing that I stand for someone who sacrificed himself for me and the world’s salvation. I am not and do not want to be like the rest of the world if it is not part of God’s will. I believe proclaiming your faith or beliefs is like someone sharing how much they loved or hated a movie they’ve just seen. Everyone does it and has every right to do so.
I’m proud to speak the things of God and yes I may sometimes look, act, speak or sound crazy or freakish while doing it. I’m ok with the title because of how much I love Him and we know the truth. The truth is, as a Christian you are not really “of this world”. John 15:19
I am here on this earth to do the will of my Heavenly Father, therefor set here to please Him and NOT man. I live on purpose, living to obey and please God. I would much rather be called a Jesus Freak in front of Man while I’m standing in the presence of God and He smiles with approval. Who cares what Man thinks of Me? I Live for God and I’ll be a freak for Him any day! So Yes, I AM a Jesus Freak and PROUD of it!
So, if at any time you, as a believer of Christ, you are being persecuted for his name sake, count it all joy! You are a peculiar people. 1Peter 2:9 ” But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
If you love God, the “world” may not like it, and unfortunately even some Christians aren’t going to like it. If you are walking with God and living like Christ, you will be persecuted at some point. But “If God is for you, WHO can be against you?” Never be ashamed to be who you truly are, or say what he told you to, or do what he asked of you. Who cares what people think? No more of trying to always be “politically correct”. What is God’s opinion? Doesn’t He matter the most? Be you, the real you, the one you were called to be before the foundations of the world!
I love Jesus! Nothing can stop that and nothing can separate me from the Love of Christ, and I will continue to be as awkward or weird as I am, as long as I’m doing the right thing by HIM.
Be blessed and stay true to the REAL you! 😉