Monday, November 16, 2009

An Ordinary Radical's Life

My Bible study group is reading a hugely challenging book by Francis Chan called "Crazy Love". I think all of us in the group are feeling challenged by the question "what does God require of us?". Should we all give away all of our possessions? Should all of us pick up and move to a third world country? Live on the streets and minister to street people? What?

The truth is that some of us are called to that kind of living. God may be calling us to that kind of life and we should start today. Others will be doing those things in 5 years or 10 years.

But for today, this very day, we need to ask God how we can love, serve and obey Him now. It is our actions, lived out daily, that transform us into the women that God intends us to be. Sometimes the most radical thing you can do is not move out of the country, but choose to love that difficult person in your life. Pray instead of watch tv. Give away that one thing you want to keep.

It is in these small actions that God will reveal the amazing plan He has for your life. Some days we are called to step out in faith and do a huge scary thing for God that requires all of our courage, but most days, it is the small acts of love that are our contribution to the kingdom God.

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