As you read Radical, you’ll discover that this is more than just about digesting a book. This is about an idea – an idea that we were created for far more than a nice, comfortable Christian spin on the American dream. An idea that we were created to follow One who demands radical risk and promises radical reward. An idea that David Platt certainly didn’t come up with, or anyone else in contemporary Christianity, for that matter. It’s an idea that was first expressed in the simple yet radical words from Jesus to his disciples when he said: Follow me.
Jesus was calling them to abandon their comforts, all that was familiar to them and natural for them. He was calling them to abandon their careers. They were re-orienting their entire life’s work around discipleship to Jesus. Their plans and dreams were now being subsumed in His. Jesus was calling them to abandon their possessions. “Drop your nets and your trades as successful fishermen,” He told them. Jesus was calling them to abandon their family and their friends. As James and John leave their father, we see Jesus’ invitation come to life. Ultimately, Jesus was calling them to abandon themselves. They were leaving certainty for uncertainty, safety for danger, self-preservation for self-denunciation. In a world that prizes promoting oneself, they were following a teacher who told them to crucify themselves. And history tells us the result. Almost all of them would lose their lives because they responded to his invitation.
So what happens when we follow him like that? What happens when radical obedience to the Jesus of the first century becomes the new normal for us in the twenty-first century? Are you willing to see? That’s what this book is about. And it involves an invitation to join in a Radical Experiment— a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
The Radical Experiment involves five specific challenges to carry out over the span of a year:
- To pray for the entire world.
- To read through the entire Word.
- To sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.
- To give your time in another context.
- To commit your life to a multiplying community.
And so we invite you to join in a movement. A movement of men and women who don’t want to waste their lives any longer on the pursuits of this world. A movement of men and women who want to spend their lives for the glory of God among all the peoples of the world.
We’ve created an avenue on Facebook for you to link with others on that movement. There you will find the five components of the Radical Experiment and various resources to help you make it a reality. And as it becomes a reality, take time on the site to encourage others with what God is doing in your life.
You and I have an average of about seventy or eighty years on this earth. During these years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the eternal. But it’s there. You and I stand on the porch of eternity. Both of us will soon stand before God to give an account for our stewardship of the time, the resources, the gifts, and ultimately the gospel he has entrusted to us. When that day comes, we are convinced we will not wish we had given more of ourselves to living the American Dream. We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.
Are you ready to live for that dream? Let’s not waver any longer…