My world has been rocked and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be the same. A few weeks ago, Marla Taviano suggested that a read-along would be a wonderful idea! Radical by David Platt was the book. With a tight budget I felt extremely blessed to receive my copy in the mail from a very special person. Dozens of books were donated for those of us who needed help buying the book. Thank you secret book buyer!
Let me just say that I have only read Chapter ONE! I don’t know what the next chapter holds but, I’m kinda of timid to turn the page! I want more. I want to be sold out and radical for Christ but, it can be scary. Is He worth it? It’s the phrase that keeps coming back to mind over and over. Can I give up everything…EVERYTHING for Jesus? Do I love Him more than my family, my friends, my “stuff” and myself. Ugh…I hate selfishness. When I look at my precious boys, am I willing to go where ever God may call us? I have family that has done this. I have friends who’ve sacrificed so much to follow. Drop it all and follow Me.
Here is another passage that clicked for Shan and I both. We have made Jesus into our image, instead of letting the Word of God and mold us into His image. We make up our own Jesus…who we think He is. I’ve seen this happen so many times in my life! I’ve had others say, “that may be the God you believe in but, not mine.” There is ONE TRUE GOD! We must search out His word to know Him and who He truly is.
There is so much that I could say about this first chapter in Radical. I thank God for opening my eyes. To hear the stories of those hidden in unground churches, risking their lives to meet. To know how many are lost and need to hear about Jesus. Break our hearts God, for what breaks Yours.
I remember when I was in high school and I went to Pueblo, Mexico on a missions trip. We went to the top of a hill where you could view the city below. At night the lights were lit to these little houses. I remember all of us talking about the thousands and thousands of lights and how many people were tucked into each of those houses. How man souls needed to hear about Jesus and what He did on the cross. David Platt mentions a similar situation that he encountered in the book. Watching millions go to worship a false god knowing that they were believing a huge lie. May we be aware each day of everyone around us. Our kids need to hear God’s truth just as much as someone in Africa or Mexico.
Is He worth it? I know He is. What all will that entail in my life…I shall see!
God, may I glorify You.
Soli Deo Gloria!