Monday, April 30, 2012

What is Jesus Worth to You?

All day long I was determined to get something up for Missions Monday. I couldn’t bear to miss out on writing this post two weeks in a row! Thankfully I’ve felt pretty good this evening and have been able to tackle some (many) things that got put to the side while I wasn't feeling so well.

Today, I was reminded a few times about the book, Radical by David Platt, which I read last year. It is a powerful book that challenges believers to take back our faith from the American dream. Platt is the Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a deep passion for global disciple-making and believes that we were created to impact all nations for the glory of Christ, not just our own. God has anointed him and given him an assignment to challenge us to truly be biblical and mission-minded.

What is Jesus worth to you? What does it mean to follow Jesus for who He is, not for who we have a tendency to create Him to be? This book is packed with powerful questions that are both uncomfortable and necessary if we’re really going to obey the Great Commission.

At the end of the book, Platt proposes the Radical Experiment, which is a year-long commitment to five specific challenges:

• To pray for the entire world
• To read through the entire Word
• To commit our lives to multiplying community
• To sacrifice our money for a specific purpose
• To give our time in another context

What does that look like to you? What does it look like to me? The way we pray, read, commit, sacrifice and give our time is different to each person. I’m glad I was reminded of this book today (clearly it was a nudge from the Holy Spirit) because I see the need to revisit these challenges and examine how I can commit to each one personally at this stage of my life. And on the eve of my birthday, I can’t think of a better time to do it.

If you have not done so already (or even if you have), I encourage you to read Radical. You’ll be challenged in your faith. It will point you to the Word of God and cause you to be more mission-minded. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about anyway.

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28:19-20

1 comment:

Natasha said...

I keep hearing such excellent reviews about this book. I'll have to look it up!