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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.
I was enthralled with this weeks reading just like all of the others, but I think the reason why I was enthralled is God wanted me to be alert for something that required a radical change in my schedule and in myself. What I am talking about is an experience that I will share below:
Sunday morning, I was in my normal routine except I did make a couple changes already. I had decided to wake up a bit earlier than I did to go for a run. This was my first run in a long time. I prayed to God to get me through this radical physical effort that I was about to undergo that morning. I threw on the headphones with some worship music and fired up the C25K program on my phone. God got me through the run, but the big change was yet to come. (more…)
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. (more…)