God is worth it

A big pot of chili bubbles on my stove.

My children have never known hunger. 

26,000 children around the world will die, TODAY, from starvation.

We have seven Bibles in our home.

People have to smuggle Bibles into their homes and try to understand the Word in a language they do not speak.

Men caught bringing Bibles into some countries are subject to prosecution {in 2010!}.

And, Radical, this book that has challenged me {and my family} on every level, begs us “to take an honest look at your life, your family, and your church and not just ask, “What is he saying?” but also ask, “What shall I do”? Radical, pg 21

What shall I do?

That is the question that has resonated within me, like the reverberations of a piano chord, since I first read this chapter in May.  God has grown and stretched and molded and stretched {did I mention stretched?} us so much since then.

Yet, I am not afraid to dive into this book again.  I am excited.  I am energized thinking of what God has in store next.  My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to reveal any remaining complacency in my heart and crack it open as only He can, leaving me exposed and desiring nothing more than the Carpenter’s glue.

The first chapter brings up a scenario that saddened my heart because I can sadly relate to this way of thinking:

Twenty-three million dollars for an elaborate sanctuary and five thousand dollars for hundreds of thousands of starving men, women, and children, most of whom were dying apart from faith in Christ.

Where have we gone wrong?

How did we get to the place where this is actually tolerable? Radical, pg 16

And, then it has been a week of words, strung together in a way that laid bare the souls of women I care about and haunted me in my slumber…I didn’t need to go to Guatemala to grasp the gravity of the depravity they witnessed because of this tool, the internet.

So, this week I am asking myself {and my family} the crucial questions David Platt poses in the first chapter of Radical:

  • Do we really believe He is worth abandoning everything for?
  • 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 our 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?  Radical, pgs 18-19

God is stretching my heart..will you allow Him to stretch yours?

This post is linked to the Radical Read-Along.

Comments

  1. Thank you for this post, Melissa! It seems that many of us are in the same place after chapter one- asking ourselves and God “what shall we do?” Looking forward to this journey!

    Thanks for you encouraging comments on my blog!

  2. I understand completely! This is my first time reading Radical. I tiptoed through each page…wondering what was around the corner! I am a bit nervous to start Chapter 2..since I’m still letting Chapter 1 soak in. 🙂 It will be great getting to know you!!! Stretch us Lord!

  3. Thank-you girl for sharing your heart! I love hearing how God is using HIS Word, viewed in a fresh (or rather, the intended) way to change so many people — just think what a difference we can all make if we start living radically every day!!

  4. Yes, stretch us! Chapter 2 will be just as life changing- hang on =)

  5. Amen!!

  6. Love this post, Melissa. You have been such an encouragement to your fellow sojourners!!

  7. I have not read that book yet, but I read one like it that is much older. How Now Shall We Live? is the title.

    I am constantly challenged to live my life in view of Christ. He is so much bigger than I give Him credit for and as I know Him better, He is even bigger. So is He worth it? You bet!

  8. love that! Thank you Angela!

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