I recently just finished reading Radical by David Platt. I've heard of this book for some time but didn't have a strong desire to read it. On a whim I picked up the book at Barnes and Noble and decided to purchase it. Now, while there are some extreme statements in this book and it is no substitute for The Word, it has challenged me and unnerved me. You know, one of those books that I almost wish I hadn't read because now I am forced to wrestle with some issues I would rather push away.
I am comfortable. I have a pretty nice house in the exact neighborhood I wanted...a wonderful husband....a dog and soon to be daughter. I live a comfortable life. But, I almost think when our life is comfortable...we are not truly living the life God created us to live. When we are comfortable we are not dependent on Him. God has been challenging us on this....especially when we decided to adopt from Ethiopia. I was not comfortable with adopting a child that didn't look like us. Now, don't start throwing stones....I am just being honest. It took me by surprise when I realized that was in my heart. God worked on my heart for a year and now I am so excited I can hardly stand it. But, I would not call the process "comfortable." I would call it amazing, crazy, and completely reliant on Him, but not comfortable.
God is breaking us in some other areas of this as well....so please pray that Russ and I would be willing to truly serve Him and to quit chasing the American dream and be radical in our pursuit of "making disciples" which to me means bringing others to Him through relationships for His glory.
I have heard people say that after reading this book...they felt like they must just sell everything and move across the world. While I am sure that is exactly what God intends for some and perhaps I will do at some point... I also feel like the book challenged me to be radical in Tupelo, MS where I am called right now.
A few quotes I underlined:
"How many of us are embracing the comforts of suburban America while we turn a deaf ear to inner cities in need of the gospel?"
"This is how God works. He puts His people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness."
"Fundamentally, the gospel is the revelation of who God is, who we are, and how we can be reconciled to him. Yet in the America dream, where self reigns as king (or queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and desires. As a result, we desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical. And in the process we need to examine whether we have misconstrued a proper response to the gospel and maybe even missed the primary reward of the gospel, which is God himself."
"It's a foundational truth: God creates, blesses, and saves each of us for a radically global purpose. But if we are not careful, we will be tempted to make exceptions. We will be tempted to adopt spiritual smoke screens and embrace national comforts that excuse us from the global plan of Christ. And in the process we will find ourselves settling for lesser plans that the culture around us - and even the church around us - deems more admirable, more manageable, and more comfortable."
This post is heavy....just wanted to let you all know what is going on in Anna's life :)
Have a great Saturday night!!
ps--still no referral :( we are at 6 1/2 months now. Hopefully, it won't be long!!!