“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” -David Platt
Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross.
He had a choice, and he could have refused, but He didn’t. His love for those around him took him to the cross. This is what sacrificial love looks like. This is what denying of self is in this world. This is completely counter-cultural view. Our obedience to such a calling is certainly radical. Some would say, crazy…but this is the kind of crazy love that God has called his people to.
Love with strings attached isn’t love at all. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that he could inherit some kingdom or to lord it over us, no, instead he died sacrificially and radically for ALL people. Does your love have strings attached today? Is what you are doing as a Christian come without hidden agendas and insincere motives? Are you living for God with all of your heart, soul and mind – or are you just playing along and playing church? Christ doesn’t want our lip service. He doesn’t want our love with contingency plans and strings attached. He wants all there is of me and you. He wants our complete and undivided attention. He wants a relationship with us!
This isn’t an easy road. There will be sacrifices along the way, but know that when you commit to him, be faithful to that…don’t have an exit strategy in case it doesn’t work out. It’s either all in or nothing at all. There can be no middle ground, and half-hearted attempts at an obedience relationship to Christ. Are you prepared for such a radical relationship? Are you prepared to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow him?
It starts here and now. Allow this obedience to be evident in your day today. Commit to it and see it through.
Prayer: Lord help me when I am only half-hearted in my attempts to love you. Forgive me when I have not been willing to follow you. Some days this path looks unappealing and frightening. Calm my heart, still my soul and show me your glory. Guide me this day to live this radical life for you and you alone. Remind me of my purpose as your child. Help me to see those around me who need hope, compassion and love. Use me for your glory today dear Lord. -Amen.