Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Standing Strong Through the Storm — RADICAL CHRISTIANITY


I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Radical Christianity is a lifestyle, not just a mindset; radical Christianity is concerned with conquering, not cowering; with sacrifice, not superficiality; with victory, not verbiage; with scoring, not slumming; with penetration, not pandering. Radical Christianity is in first gear; neutral is nonexistent. Radical Christianity is courageous but never constrictive, constraining, or cautious! Radical Christianity moves mountains, crosses Red Seas, pulls down walls, builds walls, walks on water, raises the dead, calms storms, feeds 5000, and walks through closed doors.

It suffers regularly; soars often; sweats daily; saturates everything, and spreads everywhere. Radical Christianity calls sin black, hell hot, hypocrisy evil, Satan a liar, and judgment sure. It doesn’t back down, sit down or stay down. Radical Christianity doesn’t depend on the strokes of others to keep it going. It doesn’t acquiesce in the face of loud opposition, fold under pressure, wince under criticism, tarnish under time, die under duress, fade under technology nor rot under moisture. It doesn’t rust, retreat, renounce, reconsider, return, or renege.

Radical Christianity always lifts up Christ; knocks down barriers; marches over objections; overwhelms pessimism; gobbles up cynicism; tramples down skepticism.

Radical Christianity gives lavishly; prays relentlessly; claims abundantly; works feverishly; preaches powerfully; serves lovingly; perseveres patiently and believes expectantly! Radical Christianity dares to challenge the prevailing standard to make it God’s. It never plays to the grandstands; nor waters down its position; nor adjusts its principles, but rather is a thermostat that controls its surroundings, never a thermometer that merely adjusts to them. It is never big, popular, stylish, convenient, in vogue, or in-step with the world. Its adherents are few; it’s sound clear; its philosophy unpopular, and its rewards great. Its disciples aren’t rewarded by this world but are those to whom Christ will say, “Well done!” [1]

A congregation of believers was worshipping in a Sunday service in Peru, and a squad of heavily armed Shining Path rebels came rushing in. “We’ve heard that this group is committed to God. How many of you are willing to die for your faith? Raise your hands,” he commanded.

Fearing they would be slaughtered, most of the congregation remained still. But a small number of believers tentatively raised their hands. The others were released, and the commander said, “Those of you who raised your hands, stop worrying. We’re not going to kill you. We just wanted to see who in the congregation believed enough in their faith that they were willing to die for it. That’s the kind of radical commitment we’re looking for.”

RESPONSE: Today, I commit to being a radical Christian and give everything I am and have to Jesus.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in conflict areas who must regularly put their lives on the line.

1. Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken (Kirkland, WA: Overlake Christian Press, 1995), p. 17.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Radical Christianity is a lifestyle, not just a mindset.

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