Radical Read Along – Chapter 2 – Giving Your ALL for Him.
I think, for me, Chapter 2 of David Platt’s Radical is really about separating yourself from the world and concentrating on God. I loved the stories about the house Church and the Secret Church. I love the idea of holding a “secret church” service. Removing all of the creature comforts of the modern day Church and go into a room without electric or air conditioning and just have your Bible and your fellow Christians and studying about God. Seriously studying him and concentrating on him and only him. Makes me just go wow. Then I think of the story of the gospel and how wrong a lot of us get this. Jesus wasn’t scared of the nails being driven into his palms. He was scared of having God’s wrath poured out on him for our sins. Wow….even the son of God was concerned about this to the point of being on his knees praying to God and sweating blood. What amazes me most is why he even had to go through with this. It;’s my fault. It’s all of our faults. We’re not worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven. Without him, we can’t get through this life. To cap this weeks reading off, I have to look to my friend and pastor, Rob Faught and his wife Leah. They told their story of their trip to Belize. Leah told the story of a mother who traveled 3 hours in the morning on a bus with 3 kids just so they can hear his word. Now in Belize, it is hot and humid just like Marla’s Cambodia. They were always drinking bottled water because the water in Belize was not safe for us Americans to drink. One of the kids asked her for a drink of water and because she was afraid she wouldn’t know when they would get more water, she said no. They got ready to leave and got in the van to ride back to camp and as they got in the van, the leader of the group asked if anyone needed to get water at the store. Leah just realized she should have gave this child her water. Leah and her husband Rob sacrificed so much so they could go and serve God in Belize. Even as radical as that sounds, you can always go further.
As they were leaving Belize, they got to the airport really early and had over an hour to kill before their flight boarded. Rob just started crying. He was so overcome with how God had protected them and of how God used him while he was there. These people had nothing, but they came to worship God in that church with no air-conditioning and no sound system. None of the comforts of a church in the United States. They came and joyfully worshiped the Lord. They were grateful for these people who came to help them worship the Lord.
You can listen to this wonderful sermon by clicking here.