I have said for years that “I would rather tame a stallion than drag a dead horse.” In other words, give me someone just saved who is excited, overboard, knows nothing, but is extremely in love and passionarte about Jesus. You can have your staid believer who has been around the Church and other Christians long enough to have had the life beat out of him. I tire of dragging dead horses and would rather clean up the mess that a wild stallion makes as I teach him some manners and channel the energy and enthusiasm than drag a dead one. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Have a closet full of those t-shirts.
Just read the other day that Mr. Pentecost or David Du Plessis said, “I’d rather tone down a fanatic than to try and raise the dead.”
Of course, for the average believer who does not have much life they would disdainfully tell you that fanatics are those who love Jesus more than you do. We don’t like fanatics because their excitment shows us how dull we really are. Their enthusiasm reveals our lethargy. Their passion lets others know of our apathy. So, we tend to steer clear of “fanatics” or people who are bigger “fans” of Jesus than we are. They are embarrassing.
I believe we have entered a season where mediocre simply won’t do any more. I believe that we have entered a time in Church history where Jesus is speaking to individuals and saying “return to your first love.” I believe that every believer will need to make a personal decision to do just that – those that say yes and take the time, make the effort to “return,” will join the ranks of fanitics and will both follow Jesus closely and be dangerous to be around and even, at times, embarrassing. Those that are too busy to respond or simply don’t want to will stand on the sidelines and write the others off as fanatics.
A fanatic won’t give up, let up, or shut up, until they get up, rise up, and take up all who Christ wants them to be!
Speaking of dragging dead horses which I no longer do – I love the quote by Dr. Rick Warren, “If the horse is dead, dismount.”