Radical - (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
Am I a radical Christian? Do I want to be a radical Christian? The answer to that is a resounding yes!!!
I was recently brought on as a contributing blogger for the blog Radical Christian Woman and since then I've been thinking about the word radical.
If you had of asked me 2 1/2 years ago if I wanted to be a radical Christian, I would've hemmed and hawed (that's Southern for avoiding giving a direct answer) because who really wants to admit they're not willing to go above and beyond for the Kingdom of God and have that radical faith?
Oh Heather of little faith!!
Yeah that was me.
2 1/2 years ago, I thought I was so mature!! I thought I had it all figured out. I talked the talked. I could plug-in super spiritual phrases and sound all righteous with the best of them, but looking back? I was basically playing Christian. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 8 years and that was it. Up until 2 years ago, I went to church on Sunday and basically did what I wanted Monday-Saturday.
Obviously, I tried to avoid the "big sins" like drinking (in public), cussing (out loud in public ), not wearing the "super christian smile" (head tilted just so with an "oh how sweet expression").
*insert a "give-me-a-break" eye-roll here*
Ugh, I'm ashamed to admit it but I was just a talker then and boy could I talk the talk. I had all the right things to say. It was like someone handed me a book called 1001 Bible Cliches and I memorized it cover to cover.
There was no room for God in my life then...I WAS TOO FULL OF MYSELF!!!
Give money? "But what about that shirt I saw that I REALLY want."
Talk to someone about Jesus? "Why bother? No one listens anymore."
Volunteer myself? "Ugh who has time for anything?"
Yeah I was full of something alright but it sure wasn't the Lord.
But looking back, I can see the changes God has made in me and it fills my heart with joy!!
Give money? I'm not telling you how much I give because I don't want your praise. I want God's reward in secret so I will keep it a secret but I will say that I believe what the word of God says about tithing and giving so I do it now.
Talking to people about Jesus? I'm still working on this one. I try not to let my nerves get the best of me but I still struggle with talking to a stranger about the Lord. God is helping me overcome that though. But...the people I know and am around alot hear about Jesus all the time now. I'm not ashamed of the Gospel.
Volunteer myself? I don't just mean volunteering at a shelter or soup kitchen. I mean taking the time to pour into and minister to another person out of pure love and a desire to see them live the John 10:10 abundant life. Yes, I am so there. My heart's desire is now to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I'm not bragging, I promise. I just have this crazy love for people now that I didn't have before.
Now, I want to be a radical Christian. I want to live that sold out life for Jesus. I want his love to come through me. I want to be so close to God that when He speaks, I know it's Him and I don't second guess it. I want to be at the point of instant obedience. Crazy obedience. The kind of obedience that requires radical faith, a scary faith, the kind of faith that puts you in a position where God is the ONLY solution!!
People think radical Christians are crazy!! We are crazy. We are crazy about the Kingdom of God. We are crazy about living the abundant life. We are crazy about the Gospel and the atoning blood of Jesus.
Radical Christians live a life sold-out to Jesus. He IS our King.
Looking back on the definition of radical, I am reminded that as Christians we are not to be conformed to this world and that we are supposed to be a peculiar people. If us Christians, the true, born-again body of Christ, lived as radically as we should, we would change the world.
The power to do it lives in us!!
Oh church, why are living powerless lives?
There's a song by Jeremy Camp that says:
The same power that rose Jesus from the grave,
the same power that commands the dead to raise,
lives in us
The same power that allowed Peter to heal in the name of Jesus lives in us.
The same power that fell on the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost and caused the mockers to think they were drunk on new wine lives in us.
We received that power when we received Christ. The power source is flowing, we just don't flip the switch.
Church, it's time to flip the switch.
Just reading the 24th chapter of Matthew alone will tell you that we are really and truly the last generation.
Jesus is coming back for his church very soon and then the Great Tribulation will begin.
It's time to live sold-out. It's time to live powerfully. It's time for revival.
It's time to be RADICAL!!!