Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Radical

Sometimes God when God speaks He whispers in the ear so quietly it can hardly be heard. Other times when God speaks he seems to shout.

Right now I'm in one of those shouting times. It seems like God is giving me one message right now--that I need to lay everything aside and be wholly, completely, entirely His.

He started whispering through Ann, who's online home I found a few weeks ago. Her writings challenged me to make my home a house of prayer, to transform all things into beauty. Her writings continue to challenge me through her book, A Thousand Gifts, newly published. 

The God whispering got louder when I started Wrestling Prayer, by Eric and Leslie Ludy. What does it take to have a relationship with God? What must one do? What is prayer and how should we pray?

And then my mom recommended the book Radical to me. I knew I wouldn't be able to give it the attention it needed in book format. I am reading four books right now--Radical was a book that needed singular focus. But I looked it up on Amazon.  And I found out that the book started as a sermon series by David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills. A Sermon series I can do--I listen while I do my housework. And God's whisper is no longer a whisper.

I've realized something in the last couple weeks--something that stopped me dead in my tracks. Something that I'd never thought of before.

I realized that it doesn't cost me anything to follow Christ. Nothing. In fact, I would loose more by NOT following Christ than I do by following him. If I were to decide today not to be a Christian I would loose...

My family...

my husband...

my friends...

my social status...

my security...

I'd loose EVERYTHING.

Which leaves me asking the question--who do I really love? Christ? Or what I get from Him?

2 comments:

  1. Some of these same thoughts have caused me to stop still and think hard. I read a quote on a sign driving through a town once that said "We must seek Christ Himself more than His gifts", and I thought of how easy, very easy it is to get so caught up in the gifts that we aren't prepared to be like Job, and trust Him even if every single thing we love is taken away.

    All I can say is that there have been tears and struggles and many, many prayers, and it is my hearts desire to thank Him for the gifts and for His goodness, yes...but to cling just to Him, regardless of what I gain or what I loose. I think it is something that if that time should come, He would give grace to remain steady and faithful. :)

    And unrelated, but I'm glad you're joining the reading challenge, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you on your blog more as days go by. :)

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  2. Thanks for the comment!!

    Yes, I just have to trust that God will give me the grace for the moment. Right now I don't have the strength to give up everything for Christ... but he hasn't asked that of me yet. I believe He WILL give me that strength when it is needed. In the meantime, I'm going to focus on the gift Giver, instead of the gifts. :-)

    I'm looking forward to the reading challenge as well! Just posted my first post on it, too! :-) God bless!!

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