I am reading Radical by David Platt again as a part of my morning reading and devotion time. I finished the first chapter this morning. In that chapter, he wrote a section about the cost of non-discipleship. I think it could accurately be called the cost of mere, dull existence.
Honestly, I don’t know how one could live with the monotony of working toward goals of a bigger house, a nicer car and career promotion, only to reach those goals and make new goals that involve a bigger house, a nicer car and a career promotion. I can’t imagine the disappointment of stepping into eternity and looking about to see that none of those accomplishments came with me after I died.
Living for God with eternity in mind is so much more exciting. For us it has meant living in different places in different parts of the world. When I am in the USA, some react to our lifestyle by expressing regret that we have lost out on so much. But we would have never have gained what we have by living merely for ourselves in the American rat race for bigger and better. And what we have isn’t measured materially. There is a certain happiness and adventure found simply in travel and being exposed to other cultures, but when God and His glory is the focus of doing it, the happiness becomes joy and the life of adventure becomes a life of meaning.
Not every follower of Jesus can or should do what we do. Doing what we do is not a requirement for eternal significance. As long as the glory of God is the focus of your life, you can find joy and meaning in whatever place God has placed you. And if you are a Christian and that joy and meaning is still missing, there are some things that you can do, and really, they aren’t very radical or at least shouldn’t be. One is be an active part a church that teaches the Bible as God’s Word and focuses on the needs of the world and not just the felt needs of the people nearby. A church that is truly global in its concern to spread God’s glory will be local in that concern as well. Second, truly get into God’s Word and learn how to read it and to study it to find God’s meaning behind it. There are many resources out there to help you learn to do that. Third, be a person of prayer, and disciplined prayer at that. If you pray only when the urge hits or ‘the Spirit leads’, you are likely not to have the urge and not to take time the hear the Spirit leading. And finally, read books such as Radical by David Platt, Desiring God by John Piper and Heaven by Randy Alcorn to help you see further down the road and to encourage you to live with God’s glory and eternity in mind.