Don’t read this book….if you want to settle for mediocre. Nope. Only read this book if you want to be the disciple that God intended for you to be. And let me tell you from my personal experience, if you choose to take that walk of faith, following Christ with your whole heart, then your life will be radical!
Read this book for encouragement. For me, reading Radical by David Platt was a huge encouragement and at the same time, a huge challenge. It asked a lot of eye-opening questions, provoking me to really think about how I live my faith out. For one thing, I think that we’re all guilty of thinking that we’re better than we are. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning myself or you, or trying to be legalistic. I’m just saying that I know I need to quit telling myself that I’m such a good person.
It’s not about my good deeds, but it’s about showing how appreciative I am for the grace I’ve been given by simply sharing the news of Jesus Christ with others.
Read this book for motivation to share the Gospel. One of the biggest things that impacted me in this book was what the author had to say about the way that we disciple and minister to other people from right where we are. I am so guilty of assuming that the people around me have already heard about Jesus. After all, I live in the Bible Belt. I’m surrounded by Christian industry, Christian entertainment, and Christian ministries. Where am I going to meet women who have never heard of Jesus? Oh my. I’ve been buying into a lie! We can’t assume that God is giving the job of telling others about Jesus to everyone else. And I’m afraid that I have been.
Platt points out that the Bible tells us that we are supposed to be fervent, active, and diligent in sharing Jesus with the ones who are right in front of us. I love the Lord, and I’m definitely a check-off-the-box, list-making type of girl, but none of those “good” things matter if I’m not telling others about Jesus–sharing Him, which is what He put me on earth to do.
Read this book and be re-charged with new opportunities. Amazingly, within a couple of days of changing my prayers to begin asking God for those opportunities, He gave me one! He gave me a chance to share the Gospel with someone right in my own neighborhood–someone who had never had anyone explain to her who Jesus is, what He came to do, and how He is alive today.
I think that many Christians today have been content to let those on the church staff, or those with world-wide ministries and large, influential speaking platforms, do the job of evangelism, but that’s not what it’s about. The majority of Jesus’ ministry was one-on-one time spent with those who were placed right in front of Him. He did His share of speaking to the masses, and of course, some people are called to that. But where we are most effective is when we disciple someone, who then disciples someone else. It’s all about being open to the opportunities that God gives us everyday. Are we looking for them and are we then accepting them? My opportunity with my neighbor had been there, but I just didn’t receive it. I put it off. But once I quit putting it off, and really, when I thought I didn’t have time, there it was.
I highly recommend this book as an encouragement in your faith!
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