DON’T READ THIS BOOK!!
David Platt’s book, “Radical”, is truly a book that will change your perspective of life. The best advice I can give you about this book is not to read it unless your ready for your life to get uncomfortable. Platt has a knack for story telling, and he does it in a great way. He uses many personal stories, and some from others to stir in your heart a desire to do Christ’s work. Platt even goes as far as to convict himself and his church for the money and time they have wasted on pleasure and comforts instead of spending on things that matter to God.
I’ve been reading Donald Miller’s book, Blue Like Jazz recently, and God is using it to show me things about myself that I didn’t know.
In the second chapter of the book, Miller talks about problems. How as Christians, we look at the world and see all these problems. But I think that all of us have this moment when we realize that the problems are all out in the world. Sometimes the problem is within ourselves. Miller quotes as poem by C. S. Lewis:
“All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had as selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through;
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.
Peace, reassurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek.
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin;
I talk of love-a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek-
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.”
The poem hit me so hard, as if it was written about me. Especially that fourth line: “I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.” That resounded inside me! So I stopped to think, to reflect on when I had my last selfless thought. I couldn’t remember. So I spent the next day, thinking about my thoughts, my actions…
I challenge you to do that same. It changes you. Spend the next day, examining yourself, your motives. We complain about a world that only cares about themselves, but never look at our own life?
God’s Word tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. If I spend 90 percent of my thoughts on myself, I’m not doing what God has asked me to do. More importantly, if 90 percent is spend on me, what do I have left to spend on God.
Not enough. We go through life, looking out for #1, pleases ourselves, and complaining about the world’s problems.
Maybe next time we go to worship God, we could focus on Him, instead of thinking ourselves. “I’m too hot.” “I don’t like that song we sang.” “I don’t like how loud the music is.” Think about those “I” statements.
True change, God-honoring change would have to start with the individual!
I’ve been reading a book by Francis Chan titled Crazy Love recently. First of all the book is amazing. Francis breaks down God’s great love for us. I am about half way through the book now, but I just read something that I want to share. Something that really made me say, “Wow!” Here it is…
Luke 14:33 – “Jesus said, ‘Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.’”
Francis follows that verse with these comments. “Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. Jesus didn’t add, “But hey if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians – you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit everything.”
Jesus is calling us to sacrifice to follow Him. If we haven’t done that, then we aren’t really one of his disciples.
Really made me think. I hope it makes you think too!!
And read the book. It’s a amazing!!
Now Playing – Chris Tomlin – Take My Life
Just started (and finished) a little book but Kevin Carroll called “The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.” I recently was introduced to Kevin by and interview he did on the Catalyst Podcast. Kevin has an incredible story and has incredible drive. His book is not your average book. It is very creatively written in that the pages aren’t always white with black text, the same size font, etc.
He used creative ways to get the point across that we all need to find what we really want to do in life and pursue it. No matter what.
Truthfully, if you listen to the podcast interview, you probably don’t have to buy the book.
Truthfully, if you are in ministry, especially youth ministry, it’s a great book to have to pass on to students, or adults, to help them chase their dreams.
Over all, we all can learn something from Kevin, and his story is inspiring.
Here’s the link to buy the book.
Now Playing – NewSpring Church – Crank It Up – The Best Thing I Could Do This Year…
Craig Groeschel’s new book was just released this Tuesday Oct. 2. Craig’s third book is on relationships called Going All the Way. He is the pastor of Lifechurch.tv, a church that has grown from meeting in a garage to having 11 campuses in 6 states in a little over 10 years. Craig has also been on the forefront of doing church online. Lifechurch.tv also has an Internet campus, and a campus in the online society Second Life.
Craig is a gifted communicator, and I can’t wait to read his new book. Craig did a sermon series in 2006 by the same name, and it was a great series of talks.
Craig’s other books: