Monday, June 17, 2013

"Radical" by David Platt-check it out!

So I know forever ago I blogged as I started David Platt's "Radical".  Well, I finished it forever ago.  (Sorry I'm just now getting around to telling y'all about it.)  SUPER good book.  It was pretty influential to my way of thinking.  A lot of it covers stuff that wasn't entirely new for me, but stuff that I  had somehow been able to skim over in an effort to convince myself that many Americans (myself included) weren't in fact missing a lot about what living out the Gospel really looks like.
This book no doubt confronted me on that, but in a way that my heart wasn't able to skim over.
Since reading "Radical" a few months ago, I have found myself referencing some of David Platt's insights in everyday conversation and praying for  the situations that came to life for me in that book.
I don't want to give anything specific away, but the Lord really spoke to me while reading this.  It was very much like I didn't ever want to reach the last page, so I often savored it, reading small bits at a time, and reflecting through the day on what they might mean.
It was convicting to say the least, to be made aware of the sweet sacrifices that believers make every day in some of the darkest parts of this world to worship our Father in what seems to some of us to be the most unpleasant and dangerous of environments.    
Risking their lives to know Jesus more.  To read His word for hours.  To introduce Him to others for the very first time.  To sing Him praise.
I couldn't help but be confronted with the questions,
"What am I sacrificing to know Him more?"
"What does that even look like in American culture?".
It confronts us with the reality that megachurches don't necessarily hold TONS of true followers of Christ as they sometimes appear to, and also the question of how much "American Christianity" truly illustrates the Gospel.
It is tough, but SO good to ask ourselves these questions, to be made aware of how the Spirit moves in other parts of the world, and to be positioned face to face  with the strong possibility that God has so much more for us than what we are currently seeing.
Check it out, and let me know what you think!

I hope you've all had a terrific Monday, Loves!
Claire :)

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