We are almost at the point of wrapping up and reflecting on our Radical book discussion. David Platt actually closes the book with a Radical Experiment. He wants to test the impact of his claims.
It is a one year challenge.
Why? because “Church-goers today want short-term commitments with long-term benefits (184).”
However, biblical examples and church history does not reveal this same complacency towards the kingdom building affairs of God. With a little Bible study and research of church history, we will see that “long term benefits are actually reserved for long-term commitments (185).”
So here’s the one-year challenge:
1. Pray for the entire world;
2. Read through the entire Word;
3. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose;
4. Spend your time in another context;
5. Commit your life to a multiplying community (185).
Here’s a practical way to consider going about doing this:
1. Pray for one continent each day of the week.
2. Read four chapters of the Bible per day.
3. Outline a budget; identify one expense, a “want” (ex. cable television, gym membership, coffee, eating meals out); replace that expense for one-year and donate the money to a Christian organization supporting justice efforts (I have identified several options in the “worldview” blog category
4. If you can’t go on a short-term mission trip to another country, consider a short-term mission trip within the United States, or even intentionally developing relationships with those unlike you in your local community
5. Join/become a member of a Bible believing and Bible teaching local church body where you can spiritually grow in community with other Christians
“In the gospel we have seen the depth of our inadequacy and the extent of our inability to accomplish anything of eternal value apart from the power of the God (187-188).”
Yet God desires a response from his people, a commitment to labor in the harvest (Matt 9:36-38). Will you consider committing to one, several, or all of these challenges at the start of the New Year? If so, please let me know, as I would love to walk through this transition with you.
I’m praying that Radical living becomes our new normal. Blessings, Natasha