As a follower of Christ, it is hard to have a radical faith. Webster Dictionary gives a simple definition of radical: very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary, very basic and important. Webster Dictionary tells us a simple definition for faith is: a strong belief or trust in someone or something. A belief in the existence of God; strong religious feelings or beliefs.
What does radical faith mean to you?
Recently, we watched the movie Woodlawn. If you have not had the opportunity to see this movie, I highly recommend it.
I have been thinking a lot about this movie since I watched it. The part in the movies that caught my attention the most was the guy that walked in determined to talk to the team about Jesus. He was not going to give up or accept no for an answer. How often do we not even attempt to speak to someone about our faith because we say no to God giving into our fear of what someone will think of us? Because of this man’s radical faith many lives were forever changed.
Often you hear people say that they are not the kind of person that can go out and just “talk about Jesus”. They said they will just rely on their actions and daily routine to lead others to Christ. While these intentions are good, I do believe that can be dangerous. When we examine our daily walk, we can often see how we have failed God. We complain, get trapped in the midst of gossip, and many other things that while they might not seem to be that bad, they are definitely things that could make others question our walk with God.
We are called as followers of Christ to go out and make disciples, telling others about Jesus.
I am convinced the world needs more people with a radical faith, full on for Jesus. We need to put God back in every area that He has been removed from. We need to stop living a life of a lukewarm follower of Christ and instead be full on warriors for Christ.
I am not sure about you, but I would rather be one of radical faith on earth trying to win others over for Jesus, than getting to heaven and having to explain to Jesus why I did not want to tell others about Him when the gospel clearly states to go out and proclaim the gospel.
You see, when we talk to others about Jesus, we talk about our story. We can explain grace and how none of us are perfect. If we rely on people watching us, they might not understand how we are covered by grace if they do not know Jesus, especially on those bad days when the love of Jesus might not actually shine through us!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”. Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”Mark 16:15 ESV