You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him.
If Jesus is who he said he is, and if his promises are as rewarding as the Bible claims they are, then we may discover that satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important, but in radical abandonment to Jesus.
Radical, by David Platt
If you are comfortable with easy, week to week, minimal Christianity, don’t purchase a copy of this book. Radical is meant to challenge your way of thinking and revolutionize the way you live out your faith. This book reminds us of the sacrifice that Christ called for when becoming a true disciple for Christ. We are reminded that Christ said to leave everything to follow Him. To take up our cross (a torture device), hate our father, mother, sister, and brother, in order to follow Him. This is a sobering reminder that Christ wants more from our lives.
David Platt shares how God began turning his world upside down after visiting an underground church in Asia. From here he walks us through the process of allowing God to change the way we are living out our lives and our faith. Personal stories are scattered throughout the book from people who’s lives have been impacted when running from the American Dream in order to give more of their lives to Christ. People who used their resources to further the Kingdom. People who began spending their time to serve rather than be served. People who spent their vacation time in foreign countries helping others instead of serving themselves. And with fair warning, these stories are likely to ignite the same response from your life.
Radical isn’t a self help, feel good book. This book is meant to stir a response and boldly challenge the way you are living out your faith. I would recommend this as a must read for us all.