A Radical Life

Tom received the call as we sat down to Sunday lunch. Our friends from Wyoming heard from their son who was in our area. Because of a misunderstanding, he, along with his buddy were stranded. They needed a ride to Ocala, where they attended the state fire school. I figured I’d have my husband alone in the car for two full hours, with few distractions, so I offered to tag along.

After we dropped the young men off, we turned our van toward home. We try to discuss our goals and the direction of our marriage monthly, but often there are phone calls to make, lunches to fix, puppies to walk:) I jumped at the chance to share with Tom what the Lord was teaching me.

It had to do with David Platt’s book titled, “Radical.” It’s a book about how in America, we really don’t understand what it means to follow Jesus. It challenges the reader to take up the cross, to deny self, to leave father and mother to follow him. Just like Jesus said.

I’d read part of if and listened to another part on my iPhone. My heart ached to share it with Tom. We both listened as we travelled down I-75. It was if Platt knew both my inward yearnings for intimacy with God, along with my unbiblical, American ideology of this life.

Occasionally we paused the book and discussedt what the author meant. Sometimes, we asked each other questions. We talked. We prayed. I wept.

In big businesses, there are always staff meeting to evaluate where you’ve come and where you’re going. Rarely, do we do this in marriage. It’s important. What Tom and I said and what we prayed is too intimate for discussion outside of our family.

I’ll tell you this. We both want to make a difference in our world. We desire to be sold-out to Christ. But our flesh keeps getting in the way. Still, that is our desire. Those are our goals and Jesus will help us.

Jesus knows we are weak. John 15: 5 states, “Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in Me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

We cannot do anything of eternal worth on our own. So we ask the God-Man who was radically different, who provided a radical salvation, for those of us who were radically lost.

Now that’s a radical idea.

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