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Be Radical for Jesus…

Posted on: March 27, 2008

…I know that this was a common phrase used when I was a teen to inspire us to do more for Jesus. I generally interpreted it as being more radical about proclaiming Jesus at school. Going to the mall and witnessing. Standing up for Jesus…

If you get still and truly consider what Jesus did before the crucifixion: he ate with the tax collector, he mingled with the women and all others who were the outcasts. He generally befriended anyone who wasn’t considered religious.

In our culture we promote “staying with believers to remain strong”. Therefore, if I spend my time with Sissy-Sue and she is a regular bar hopper, and we go out, then there’d be strong questions about my commitment to the Lord. Right? Of course, because bar-hopping isn’t considered a religious task. 

Therefore let me throw out some questions…

  1. Look around at your friends…how many of them challenge your beliefs and make you dig for answers? Honestly, faith doesn’t come while warming a pew…it comes when you’re in the middle of a crisis and have no where else to turn.
  2. When was the last time you considered laying down your life for someone who doesn’t deserve it? (Now is a good time to reference what Jesus did for us.)
  3. When was the last time you got a friend (or was a friend to a family member) who was a non-believer or a believer in “sin” and just loved them because you love them–no strings attached?

Jesus gives us all the choice to choose him. He doesn’t reject us in the process when we stray. He doesn’t stop loving us or hearing our prayers because we are upset with him. He gave his life so we could have eternal life.

Therefore to be radical for Jesus is to be like Jesus, and be radical in love. Love beyond reason. Love without a reason. Love without getting anything in return. Love like Jesus loved us.

Grace is unmerited favor. It is love without conditions that is not deserved. It is a difficult love. It is a love that will bring criticism from our church fellows. However, it is a love that will free the heart of people and make you radical FOR Jesus and radical LIKE Jesus.

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1 Response to "Be Radical for Jesus…"

Beautifully stated. Thank you for projecting better ideals than most of the “chirstian” groups we’re hearing from these days. They tend to put the “mental” back in “fundamentalist.”

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