Review: Radical

Two kids, white picket fence, nice house, nice car, good schedule, soccer practice, BBQs . . . you know. The perfect American dream.

Is that what we’ve been called to? Is that what the Bible teaches? Is it good? Is it best?

David Platt raises some really challenging questions in Radical, his book addressing the Biblical approach to life, money, and relationships. This book will challenge the way you see your role in the local and global church and how your resources fit into God’s plan for His glory.

He created human beings, not only to enjoy his grace in a relationship with him, but also to extend his glory to the ends of the earth.

I really loved this book, because it put was a very personal take on how God has been working in and changing Platt himself. It isn’t a how-to book for lay people from someone who knows better. You get the feeling that Platt himself is still working through this with you and realizes that it isn’t just a simple decision, but a hard day to day choice to live for Jesus and not ourselves; to choose to see the hurt and need around the world and do something about it – not because it makes me look good, but because it makes God look good, and it is a responsibility we have.

This book covers lots of issues and challenges readers to look at the Bible, and to look at what Jesus actually said and did while He was here, and to measure that up against the life that we have created for ourselves. He hints at times that we have put God into our own box, and we have used our own comfort to define Christianity.

We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves.

And so Platt offers advice, action steps, but mostly just plain truth as to why we need to change the way we see our roles in this world. We have been commanded to share the Gospel and disciple others. We have been instructed to give and care for the poor. Yet, so often, we decide to turn commands into suggestions. We look for ways to pass off the responsibilities to the next person who would probably be better at giving and loving than we would anyway. But that’s just not the way it works. We have all been called. We all have something to do. And none of it is because we are trying to earn anything, it is because once we’ve been bought and rescued, our chief purpose is glorify God, not ourselves.

Yes, you are abandoning everything you have, but you are also gaining more than you could have in any other way. So with joy—with joy!—you sell it all, you abandon it all. Why? Because you have found something worth losing everything else for. This is the picture of Jesus in the gospel.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I highly recommend this book. Read it with your heart open, read it to be changed, read it to be encouraged to be freed from yourself and your earthly trappings. Read it to be challenged to bring glory to God through your life.

The faith in Christ that saves us from our sins involves an internal transformation that has external implications.

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