and seminars routinely challenge young people to do
something radical for Christ. That might mean
prayer-walking the cities of South America, rescuing
refugees in Africa, or joining inner-city communes or
monastic orders to reach the homeless and the hurting.
defines radical Christianity, we're told. The most
radical people are those who do the wildest, most
unexpected, and most dangerous things.
would not want to diminish these honorable pursuits for
a moment. But truly radical Christianity is not defined
by geographical locations or external circumstances.
Radical Christianity is the complete and utter surrender
of our own will to the will of God. Nothing is more
radical, extreme ... or rare.
emerging Western preoccupation with cowboy Christianity
needs to be reined in for a moment. Ironically, the
pursuit of world-change can be self-serving and
self-honoring. In some instances, as wowed audiences
applaud our stories of sacrifice, danger, and adventure
(for Christ), we plan the next foray much the way that
an addict plans his next fix. Spiritual heroism may feed
our own need for significance more than reflect lives
humbly offered to Christ and lived out of the intense
security we have in Him.
constitutes radical Christianity? The genuinely,
constantly, and deeply yielded
college student who volunteers at the local nursing
home; the teenager who tutors the struggling middle
schooler; the mom who serves as a spiritual friend to
many who call her; the man who funds mission trips for
others. Each of these can express more radical
Christianity than many of the glory stories that hit the
Christian platforms and publications.
issue is not what is done, but what motivates it. The
most extreme acts of service become ordinary in God's
sight when they emerge from a self-honoring heart.
Conversely, our unnoticed deeds become radical when they
reflect deep, selfless obedience to Christ.
originally referred to "that which comes from the
roots." We measure it, therefore, not by one's actions,
but by one's motives.
model truly radical Christianity when we move beyond the
flashy exteriority of our faith and pursue complete
yieldedness of the heart.
might prophesy, cast out demons or even perform many
miracles in His name but such things do little to
impress the Lord. Instead, the gates of heaven swing
open for those "who do the will of My Father who is in
heaven." (Matt 7.21-22)
each of us grow a little more radical this week-with
lives fully surrendered to His leading.