This is the second blog related to David Platt’s latest book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. The book challenges every Christian to Radical abandonment for the cause of Christ. Platt clearly indicates that this is a book where he is expressing his questions and exposing his journey. With that same thought, I pen this article expressing my thoughts and journey as I read and pray and seek God’s guidance and conviction as necessary to change my life. Here’s my second thought:
“People are God’s method of winning the world to himself. People who have been radically transformed by Jesus.” Every Christian according to I Peter 4:10 has received a gift: “Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the very grace of God. HCSB” Ed Stetzer preached at Glorieta last week and I paraphrase “It is a sin that 20% of the Church is doing 80% of the work. It is a sin when the majority of Church goers are sitting in the pews and not serving in the army.” This is certainly not God’s plan and it has crippled the church in America.
Radical Transformation requires sacrificial service. When I think of how inadequate I feel, God’s plan seems foolish. Satan is constantly saying, you are not worthy. “Young Man, you are no Wendell Price or Greer Ruble or Johnny Hall or Tim Holcomb or Ken Marler (my predessors in the position that I hold at the TN Baptist Convention).” But the truth is God has gifted me and everyone of us to accomplish his work.
The question is: Are we willing to allow God’s transforming work to radically changed us into his instruments for accomplishing his purpose in the world?