Skip to main content

Don't blow out the flame.

Radical Faith - what is it? Faith by itself is defined as having complete trust and confidence in God and/or a strong system of religious beliefs. If we add the term radical before the word faith, wouldn't this turn plain ol' faith into an extreme trust, confidence and belief?

Like I have mentioned numerous times, I am fairly new to my faith. I am just discovering what God can do and how the whole universe seems to be linked together, squashing the idea of any mere 'coincidence'. My faith grows stronger with each passing day. 

But what about radical faith? Seems like so many of us go to church, tell those around us that we are praying for them, hold our bibles, proclaim that we are Christians. But how many actually stop and say a prayer for someone when we said that we would? And how many actually open their bibles and study them, rather than letting dust collect on the cover? And how many actually follow the principles laid out within God's word that define what a true "Christian" is? 


Let's take a look at Matthew 16:24: Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me."

Agreeing to do this is a radical step. During this period of time, the cross represented crucifixion. Therefore, Jesus was telling the disciples that if they wanted to follow Him, they had to sacrifice their lives - giving up THEIR own life to follow HIS way of life. More literally, its the ultimate commitment which includes the risk of death.  


How about that voice you hear sometimes? Perhaps its a voice in your heart that feels like a dream... telling you to do something that you otherwise wouldn't because the risk is so great? Have you ever experienced that? Maybe its a nagging feeling... 

Maybe its telling you to dedicate your time to people in a certain faraway country, or maybe its telling you to redirect your focus from what you perceive as your future to something else, or maybe its that voice that tells you to take a stand for a group that doesn't otherwise have a voice. 

Or maybe you are still trying to find your place in this world, but you know that the life you are living now isn't it. 

Either way, with most of these feelings, we encounter the chance of radical faith. I say that because they involve radical change. Its not a matter of making small sacrifices and trying to let God know you sorta-kinda-maybe-hear-him-speaking-to-you-but-you-are-much-too-comfortable-in-your-current-situation-to-give-110%. Its about picking up your cross, saying adios to your current way of life, and setting out to follow life as only God wants you to. And, yes, sometimes this can lead to having to step away from friends and family and comfort zones to immerse yourself in something far greater than you can ever imagine. 

Personally, I feel God stirring in my heart. Do I know what his plan is for my life? Not exactly. But, its coming, this I know. And I am ready to get my hands dirty, so-to-speak. I think that is why the term radical faith has been resonating with me so much lately and, unfortunately, I do not know too many people who understand what I am feeling... think about it:

Do you really feel that God's plan for the majority of us would be to act as little ants on the earth... working 9-5 jobs, attending social events, walking down a path of semi-monotonous living, all while going to church, donating to the occasional charity, and letting people know - "Hey, I'm a Christian?"  God is MUCH bigger than the little worries of our comfortable lives.

Remove life as we know it and replace it with pure love, faith and confidence. Remove what WE want to do, hear, read, socialize with (insert any verb, actually) and replace it with what HE wants. This is a tad bit of what is stirring in my heart. 

Life itself should be greater! We are supposed to take extreme faith and put it in to action... take the little flame and turn it into a raging bonfire! Let the light shine! 

"Start a fire in my soul fan the flame and make it grow so there's not doubt or denying. Let it burn so brightly that everyone around can see that its YOU, that its YOU that we need... " - Start a Fire, by Unbroken. 

Remember, God has a long history of choosing ordinary people to handle magnificent feats. God has a plan for your life. Are you listening? 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Quench your thirst

In my mind, I keep coming back to this location, location, location thing.
I always used to get irritated when people would come to Florida to visit and harp on me about not having a killer tan -- as if I had all the time in the world to sit at the beach! But those who visit -- that is what they do -- visit the beach! They come into town, get a tan, and head on home to show it off.
When you live here, it is a different story. You have your daily routine that includes work, appointments, shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. A trip to the beach has to be weaseled in. And, even then, it seems like something needs to get put on the back burner.
When you manage to squeeze it in and arrive at the beach, you can start to relax once you are able to let everything go that could've/should've/would've been done had you not decided to head east. The smell of the salty air, the crashing of the waves, the sand between your toes, and the smiles on everyone's faces... why don't we do th…

If today is your last...

Have you ever really thought about the fact that we may not be here next week? Tomorrow? By 9:00 pm tonight? We don't know when we are going to get called home -- we just know that we will one day. It is inevitable. 
And then there are those who sorta get a heads up... say you fall ill and your doctor tells you that you only have a small window of human life left in you. Or, maybe you hear a small voice or get a feeling that your time to head home is coming... 
Think about it: You hear the words, "Good morning, <insert your name>, today is your last day to live on earth." What would you do? How would you react? 
Something tells me some folks may begin rushing around in a panic trying to quickly pack everything into 24-hours that they didn't take the time to do before now. All those things on the bucket list -- the sky diving, the traveling, seeing your favorite football team play live, trying to finish the kitchen sink ice cream challenge, singing a solo at church…

This could be you

Lets talk hypothetical situations for a minute, shall we? You are walking down the street. You see a man sitting on the ground, his back against a building. Upon first glance, you notice his disheveled appearance, worn clothing, and the grungy backpack sitting close to him. What is your first thought? When you see his face, what or who do you see?
This is where I am learning people differ. And I apologize in advance for my bit of a rant... 
Recently, I was reading the book of Job. If you are not familiar with his story, Job was a good, faithful man who had done well in life. In my version of the bible (NLT), he is referred to as "blameless." Satan approached God and wanted to test Job's faith. God told him that he could test him in any manner he wanted, but to spare his life. During this process, Job lost all his children, his sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, servants, etc. His body was covered in boils from head to toe. His spirits were down, but his faith never faltered. 
Ho…