Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beginning a Radical Journey

I want to know Him. I want to experience Him. I want to be a part of a people who delight in Him...who have nothing but Him, and I want to be a part of a people who are risking it all for Him.

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I am starting out this journey with four amazing girls. I have no idea where we will go or what we will do, but I know something will happen.

We met for coffee the first night and began reading the book Radical by David Platt. There seemed to be so many more people around than usual and more loud cars driving past. A woman sitting near us kept glaring and rolling her eyes as we read about serving Christ. I had a horrible feeling that I or the others would get distracted and that the message of the book would not be effective. I knew some kind of spiritual battle was going on and something was trying to prevent us from understanding and absorbing the words being read.

But our God has won the war, and won this battle.

I can't believe how well we responded and understood what we talked about. I felt like everyone allowed their walls to come down and were just raw about what they were feeling.

Serving Christ is difficult.
It's not always fun.
We have to give up things
that we don't want to.
But if we radically abandon ourselves,
we will radically be able to serve Jesus!

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