A few weeks ago I finished this awesome book by David Platt called Radical. In it, he challenges believers to live boldly for Christ because the consequences of not doing so could mean billions of people spending eternity in hell. Platt talks about living out the great commission and that we are commanded to live radical because we love Christ and we love the lost. When Jesus called His disciples he was asking them to abandon their comforts. They were leaving certainty for uncertainty, safety for danger, and were told to pick up their cross and follow Him. And history tells us the result. Almost all of them would lose their lives because they responded to His invitation. So why should we live radically?
-There are over 4.5 billion people who do not know Jesus as their personal savior and are going to hell unless someone shares the truth with them.
-There are 1.5 billion people in the world who have never even heard the name of Jesus or that there is good news. These individuals will also spend eternity in hell unless someone shares the truth with them.
-Over 21,000 men, women, and children die of starvation every day. Most do not know Jesus as their savior.
-Over 25,000 children die from preventable diseases every day. Most have never heard about Jesus.
Because of these staggering stats, individuals just like you and me have decided to live radical lives so that the lost can know they have a savior who loves them. Platt encourages his readers to accept a challenge…
1. Pray for the entire world everyday.
2. Read through the entire Bible.
3. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.
4. Give your time in another context.
5. Commit your life to a multiply community.
“You and I have an average of about seventy or eighty years on this earth. During these years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the eternal.”
Some day when we face eternity we won’t regret giving up some temporary pleasures, but we may wish that we would have lived radically so that others might have come to faith too. We also must ask ourselves a very difficult question… If we know that billions of people are going to hell and we choose to do nothing, do we actually know Jesus and have the love of Christ in us? (Matt 7:21-23 & 1 John 3:16-18) This last week I was able to share about this book with some of our Haitian leaders. I challenged them just like I challenge you. Live boldly and radically for Christ… you won’t regret it! The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.