I played the role of Matthew the Clown in a gospel musical and dance presentation during my Discipleship Training School outreach. Yes, I had grease paint, a big yellow polka dot tie, rainbow suspenders, and socks. I sang in rescue missions, prisons, parks, schools, and on college campus quads. Call me crazy. Call me foolish. It’s all for God and for you. But love doesn’t look the way you want it to. Sometimes is looks like defeat. Now, imagine that. Gaining a red nose for Matthew the Clown was the reward of a pure heart. And the onlookers who received it, got the free gift of new life.

“That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.”

2 Corinthians 5:11-14 MSG