To be reasonable in your commitment to Christ is the most unreasonable thing you could ever do. And to be unreasonable in your commitment to Jesus and His Church is the most reasonable thing you could ever do.

No reasonable person can declare “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” [Philippians 1:21] Right?

Maybe you rationalize: “That was Paul. The Apostle Paul. Heck, he

wrote half the New Testament. Paul’s was a highly unusual commitment to Christ and Christianity.”

Yet, Paul was either crazy or he fully expected the Christians in Philippi to do the same thing with their lives that he did.

Didn’t he?

Paul, like Jesus, was no reasonable person.

Gripped at his core, from his core, to his core with the unreasonableness of faith, everything Paul wrote and modeled indicated a radical, all-in embrace of faith.


Are you?



-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at

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