While 2012 was an eventful year filled with new friendships and accomplishments, what have I done to contribute to the kingdom of God? I had to think about it. I couldn’t think of one thing off the top of my head. Growing up around the church, I was always aware of “lukewarm” Christians. But what about myself?
I started the year off with the book, Radical by David Platt. Platt covers many things, but one thing stuck out to me. In the book, he points out the comforts of well-off American churches and how hard it is for us to part from materialistic things.
As a senior in high school, I see friends my age strive to get into good colleges. I’m also in the process of college applications. When I imagine the future, I see myself getting a degree, a job, and eventually having a family.
But what if God calls me to live radically? Whether it was a call to serve in the mission field, or to delay college to serve for HIS purpose?
What if God told me to give away all my college funds and savings for the work of His Kingdom? I want to say that I’d happily give it away, but what if it actually happened?
Looking back in the past year, I realize how selfish I was. Even in my faith, everything was about me. God loves me. God sent his son to die for me. Christianity’s object is me. So therefore, when I look for a church, I look for what music suits me or what programs best fit me. How is that any different from buying clothes that fit me or having friends that understand me?
That is not biblical Christianity. The message is not “God loves me,” like we’re the object of our own faith. No, but God loves me so that I might make his glory be known among all nations. God is the object of our faith. We are not the end of the story; God is.
Reading this book brought me to the attention that I was pushing God aside. To me, he was just an aid for whenever I needed help.
I hope that in this new season, I can take back my faith and live radically as He has called me to be. To live according to His purpose.