You did it. You made it! Hooray for you!! And me! And all of us!
This chapter made me want to sing. And dance. And go back to Cambodia STAT. And I have waaaaay too much to say about this Radical Experiment, so I’m going to stretch it out over the next few days. But let’s cover the basics right now. You ready??
The chapter, if you haven’t read it, is titled “One Year to a Life Turned Upside Down.” Platt leads us readers through five components of what he calls the Radical Experiment, five things we’re going to commit to doing for one whole year.
I don’t know about you, but I’M IN.
1. Pray for the Entire World
I’ve heard the verse about praying God would send workers into his harvest field a hundred times, but I never thought about it like this. “When Jesus looked at the harassed and helpless multitudes,” Platt says, “apparently his concern was not that the lost would not come to the Father. Instead his concern was that his followers would not go to the lost.” (p. 187) Ouch. Why have a billion people still not heard the gospel?
Because we’re not praying.
Five minutes ago, I bought the book Operation World that Platt references on page 189. I’ll be honest. I was a little ticked when I first read about it. I was all excited when he said you could get all the info for free online only to find out that you can’t anymore. The author’s no dummy. If David Platt mentioned my book in his NY Times Bestseller, I’d probably go write a new book and charge $16.49 for it on Amazon too. (Boo.)
But I really, really want to pray for the world, so I sucked it up and bought a copy. I’ll let you know what I think of it.
EDIT: Thank you, Natalie, for pointing out that you CAN access the prayer info online for FREE. It’s all new from when I last checked and looks GREAT. Just click here. Woohoo!!
2. Read Through the Entire Word
I got off to a slow start, but I’ve been reading through the Bible this year. I started in Genesis, and a few books in, I decided to read the New Testament simultaneously, so now I’m in Jeremiah and Ephesians. I’ve read the Bible through several times, but this is a new version for me (ESV). I definitely want to do this every year.
There were some powerful words in this section of the chapter. Like, God has chosen by his matchless grace to give us revelation of himself in his Word. It is the only Book that he has promised to bless by his Spirit to transform you and me into the image of Jesus Christ. It is the only book that he has promised to use to bring our hearts, our minds, and our lives in alignment with him… When you or I open the Bible, we are beholding the very words of God–words that have supernatural power to redeem, renew, refresh, and restore our lives to what he created them to be (192).
3. Sacrifice Your Money for a Specific Purpose
This is one that’s going to take more space. So tomorrow I’ll tell you about my birthday money and our halfway-replenished Cambodia Fund.
4. Spend Your Time in Another Context
Yep, you guessed it. Thursday’s post. Two things I’ll touch on now. 1–the story of the dear lady in his church who asked why he didn’t just send the Sudanese $3000 instead of spending the money to go to them. And then Andrew’s statement that “a true brother comes to be with you in your time of need. Thank you for coming to be with us.”
I have some videos to share (that I forgot all about!) that will hopefully express how much it meant to those sweet Cambodian kiddos that we actually came all that way just to be with them. I’m having an especially hard time this week missing them like crazy.
And 2–that I don’t have to choose between Cambodia or Columbus. It’s “not either-or, but both-and!” (p.201)
“I am convinced that when we open up our lives to the global purpose of God, he will show us things we have never seen and take us places we have never been before” (p. 203). Amen and amen!
5. Commit Your Life to a Multiplying Community
Friday’s post! I’ll share more about the amazing group of people that make up our new church.
And I’ll wrap things up with a kickin’ quote:
Consider what you might feel after a year of being intimately exposed to the heart of God for every nation in the world. Contemplate what you might know about the glory of God after a year of listening closely to his voice. Think of all the possessions you have now that you would realize you do not need, and think of all the dire needs that would be met as a result of your sacrifice of them. Wonder about where God might lead you–near or far, to a reached people or maybe to an unreached people who have never heard the gospel until they meet you. Reflect on the community of faith that would surround you as you find yourself in relationships that are the primary avenue through which your life will impact the world. (213)
It’s been an awesome ride, friends, and hopefully this is just the beginning. I’ll save the sentimental stuff for two Tuesdays from now–November 30–our Radical Celebration (with prizes)!
1. Which of the 5 components are you most jazzed about?
2. Which one do you think will be the most challenging?
3. Any plans for the coming year you’d like to share? ARE YOU IN??