Radical Christians=Become God’s Instruments

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?


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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One Response to Radical Christians=Become God’s Instruments

  1. Ron Moore says:

    Hearing the word “Army” made me think of Fort Campbell and the many soldiers who are serving around the world to protect our freedoms. Imagine if 80% of our soldiers just sat in their tents and did nothing to accomplish the mission. I think the Army would fail miserably. It takes every soldier doing his part to get the job done. What if only 20% of the soldiers used their guns and equipment? What if we left 80% of the tanks and planes in the shelters and did not use them? The church is failing miserably because only 20% of the members are doing anything and 80% of the people are not using the gifts God has given them. How does one motivate people to get out of the pew and get to work? Are we too comfortable with doing very little or nothing at all? God has given us a mission – To Go and Make Disciples. We need to follow the example of the US Army and prepare well and then go do what God has called us to do. But that would require a “Radical” change.

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