And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles." And while Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, "Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad." But Paul said, I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth. For the king knows about these matters, and I speak to him also with confidence, since I am persuaded that none of these things escape his notice; for this has not been done in a corner. (Acts 26:22-26, NASB)
When you know your God-given purpose everybody won't stand with you. It isn't because they don't like you or don't want you around - it's because they have not learned for themselves their purpose. It's easier for them to stand against you, than find out what individual purpose they should be pursuing. Some people will think you're crazy because you're not walking in the path they believe you should walk in. They may label you strange, or running against the pack.
That unusually bold soldier, Paul, wasn't quiet about his faith in God and what God had called him to do. In today's passage, he stood before King Agrippa to defend himself for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Festus told him he was crazy. Paul, in essence, responded, "I'm not crazy, but I speak truth." Paul knew his purpose; he was just doing what God had commissioned him to do. We could call the roll on that one - Moses, Joshua, Queen Esther, Jeremiah, Peter, James, for example. They all knew their God-given purpose and were determined to operate in it. And we know from scripture they had some problems along the way. Queen Esther knew the danger she may place herself in, but she had to save her people from an assassin.
When you have peace in the midst of your personal trials, somebody will think you're crazy because you're not falling apart. But you understand that Jesus died and rose for our peace. I pray that as you read this, and the purpose God has for you isn't clear, you will seek His face. Seek His face in true worship,and praise Him now for the answer. He has a purpose for all of us. There is something God wants you to do, but He wants a willing heart. For me, there is no greater peace in the world than being where I know God wants me to be. Do you know your purpose?