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Last Wednesday night I was speaking in Dallas on who Jesus really is, his actual personality, what he's really like. It is by far my favorite thing to do. Afterwards a woman came up to me, big smile, bright eyes, and said, "I'm a Jesus freak too!" It made me laugh; it gave me joy.

 

It also got me thinking.

 

Jesus freak. I'm pretty sure that phrase began back in the late 60's early 70's with the "Jesus Movement" that brought so many people to Christ. The hippie culture met Jesus. I was in on the tail end of that. We liked being Jesus freaks, meaning, people who were totally in love with Jesus.

 

What blows me away is that it would be considered something of a freak to be totally sold out for Jesus. I mean, how does that make someone a freak? Isn't loving God the single most important thing any human being can do? (Isn't it the first and greatest of all the commandments?!) Love God. With all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It's first, it's basic, it's what it means to be human.

 

Let's connect the dots. God has a name. It happens to be Jesus. So, loving Jesus is the first and most essential act of any human life. First. Most essential.

 

I tell you what is freaky - living in a world where loving Jesus sets you so radically apart you stand out like a sore thumb.

 

Anyhow, here's to the Jesus Freaks. Go ahead and love him gang. With all your heart.

 

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About John

John Eldredge is an author (you probably figured that out), a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God's love, and learn to live in God's Kingdom. John met his wife, Stasi, in high school.... READ MORE

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