Today marks the first day of the Radical Read Along I mentioned last week. Every week we’re supposed to read a chapter and post our thoughts…
I’m already failing at this task because it’s 8:55pm on Tuesday and everyone else had their posts up this morning! So even though I’m radically late (pun intended), I hope it still counts.
We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves… (Radical, p7)
I am sooo good at doing what is comfortable. At doing things I’m good at, things I’m used to, things that don’t draw any extra attention. Why try to be radical and stand out when it’s so much easier to just blend in?
I believe that God has blessed us all with spiritual gifts…and I definitely wouldn’t say mine is evangelism! I think I use that excuse a lot. Since it’s not my forte, I don’t have to ask others about Jesus. I don’t have to spread the good word, because I’m not an evangelist.
Well, to burst my own bubble, God doesn’t give us excuses like that in the Bible. In Matthew 28:18 it says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Unfortunately (for me), I think he was speaking to all of us. This Great Commission wasn’t given as an option, as a suggestion, or as a fun idea!
So when I reflect on my own life and see how I’m putting this into practice, I get a big fat F.
Because it’s not comfortable.
Part of chapter 1 asks, “Is He worth it?”
Obviously, the answer is yes….right?
On paper it looks good. On paper it’s super easy to proclaim the name of Jesus, to say you are a follower, to say you want to go to Heaven and do good and bear your cross daily.
But in practice?
Platt asks, “Do you and I really believe that Jesus is so good, so satisfying, and so rewarding that we will leave all we have and all we own and all we are in order to find fullness in Him? Do you and I believe him enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture – and maybe in our churches – turn the other way?
Wait, does he mean to NOT do what everyone else is doing? This is tricky for me. Someone who thrives on approval from others, who is afraid of making the wrong decision, and who is, bottom line, just plain insecure…
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him”
It’s easy to browse over those verses but if you read them slowly, you realize what the first disciples of Christ truly did. They left their jobs. They left their possessions. They left their FAMILY.
All to follow Christ.
I won’t lie. If God in the flesh appeared in front of me right now and asked me to walk out the front door to follow Him…never looking back…
…never getting to say goodbye to my loving husband and precious BABY BOY…
…would I go?
This is why I’m uncomfortable.
There’s still time to join the read-a-long, so click on over to Marla’s blog and check out all the other awesome posts from today!