Posts tagged ‘Living for Christ’
This post is a part of my Radical Read Along series. Linux people, be aware that there will probably only be two more posts at most in this series then it’s back to my normal weird schedule of not posting much! 😉
As I read through these, I had many thoughts. The first one was how much is enough?? I liked that Platt pointed to the story of the rich man in Matthew 10. Jesus told this rich guy to sell everything he had and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and then told him to follow him. Jesus exposed that this man was every attached to his riches and that he must be willing to give them all up to follow him. Would we be willing to give up our creature comforts?? Would we be willing to go this far?
I don’t consider myself a rich man. In fact, life is a constant struggle. Even with the struggles I have, I have more than most people in the world will ever have. Would I be willing to give up my house, my car, my cellphone, my family….my life? I struggle with this. It’s one area of my life that needs to improve. I need to be more willing to go and lay it all on the line for Christ. (more…)
The one quote in the book that gripped me the most is this one:
Based on the purpose of God we’ve seen in Scripture, shouldn’t every Christian’s heart be ultimately consumed with how we can make God’s glory known in all the world?
How can we even do this? That is a radical faith in God that is needed in order to make His glory known throughout the world or does it? The more I thought and prayed about this and in the rest of my prayer life, the more I thought each of us can have a impact not just here, but in the rest of the world too.
Imagine this….say God is calling you to minister to children. What if you, with God’s help of course, helped to show a child the glory of God? What if you prayed with a child or a teen who fully commits himself to Christ and then God calls him to be a missionary in Uganda or somewhere else in the world. What is that? Impact. In your calling and your relationship with God, you helped a child come to Christ! You did what God wanted you to do and thus showed God’s Glory to the world.
In this modern world, it is even easier to do this. This read along itself that Marla has been leading is reaching all across the United States and God is enabling us all to be blessed enough to purchase the book and to read and have all we need to share this message on the Internet. The Internet’s reach is world wide. We may not be directly feeding someone in another country or showing God’s love directly to someone who really needs it, but we may be helping or ministering from the other side of the world.
So if you think I have I heart for South Columbus, I think that still may be correct however, Columbus is part of the State of Ohio. Ohio is part of the United States and the United States is part of the world. The very world that God wants us to show his glory. So do you have a heart for the world? Sure you do. God may just have placed you where he wanted you to be so that you can through all of those degrees of connections you make an impact in his kingdom. So you can show God’s glory to just a little piece of the world.
With that said though, God definitely calls people to be missionaries in other parts of the world. That person may be you. That person may be the one you prayed with 10 years ago. Think about it.
God has been working on me for sometime to do something with Gabe Taviano. He leads a local group of Christians here called the Digital Disciples. A group of tech enthusiast who also happen to be Christians. I have always wanted to join their monthly gatherings, but with the timing of getting out of work as well as getting from the south side of Columbus to the northwest side in time for a 6 PM gathering, it’s a pretty tall order. Maybe some day I’ll make it. Anyway, that isn’t what this post is about. Gabe posted on Facebook about his wife, Marla, leading a read along of David Platt’s Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Gabe said there were only three other men participating, at the time, so I prayed about it and felt God saying to do it.
In the last year we had studied in our small group at Church at the low numbers of men in leadership positions in different ministries. In my prayer about this reading, I just felt God saying I want to prepare you for your next step. This is God’s way of helping me prepare for what he has in store for me. I still do not know what that is, but I hope to at least grow through this reading. So, from here on out are my thoughts on Chapter One of Radical. (more…)