Monday, February 28, 2011

The radical experiment

I finished reading David Platt's book, Radical, and it ends with this experiment:

I agree with the Radical claim that I can find satisfaction and real service to God only in abandonment to Jesus. So I hereby commit to a one-year experiment of radical living according to the gospel... and to making myself open to the permanent changes God wants to perform in my life as a result of this experiment.

Over the next year...

1. I will pray for the entire world.
To make this commitment real in my life, I choose here and now specifically to __________________________________________________________.

2. I will read through the entire Word.
To make this commitment real in my life, I choose here and now specifically to __________________________________________________________.

3. I will sacrifice my money for a specific purpose.
To make this commitment real in my life, I choose here and now specifically to __________________________________________________________.

4. I will spend time in another context.
To make this commitment real in my life, I choose here and now specifically to __________________________________________________________.

5. I will commit my life to a multiplying community.
To make this commitment real in my life, I choose here and now specifically to __________________________________________________________.

Signed ___________________
Date ____________________


The last chapter details each of these commitments. It's good stuff. I like that he only suggests making it for one year. Not like that isn't a long time, but I think it's better to do that than to say, "Ok, you need to change your life... forever..." At any rate, you'll notice that I didn't fill in the blanks here. I need to. I want to. Just haven't done it yet.

Peace out; and in.