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Radical

Radical or Radical?

We use radical to mean revolutionary and extreme. However, the original meaning is really ' going back to the roots, or original intent.

 

Despite the variance, I don't think these two definitions conflict. Getting things back to the original intent is hard. It often takes revolutionary and extreme measures to make it happen. 

- Getting your body back to how it was when you were 21.
- Breathing life back into your career. 
- God restoring mankind back to Garden of Eden status.

We Never Change, Do We?

I want to be someone who is constantly becoming what I was made to be. Getting back to my original intent. I don’t want life to just happen to me, and look up one day simply being the sum of the influences and events around me. I want to happen to life. 

To do this I have to regularly check myself. I have to look inward, contemplatively. Am I who I want to be? Am I doing what I want to do? What do I spend my time, energy, thought life, money and breath on? 

Most of the time if we do this, we don’t like the answers. So we set ideals of what we want to be, and goals to get there, but find we can’t meet them.

Priority Plumb Line

I propose, instead of setting reactionary goals from anxious self-dissapointment, that we take an honest look at ourselves, at what God says about who He made all of us to be, and factor in specifics on who we know he has called us to be personally, then set some life priorities. We often don’t change because we either change our goals too much, so we never have time to progress, or we are striving to be something we aren’t supposed to be in the first place (examples: perfect, someone else, etc). We have to have a plumb line: a consistent priority list to aggressively go after - and grit through for the long haul.

 Plumb line: (n.) a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical

I have a list of 15 radical life priorities. A list of who I want to be, and what I want to do. I keep it in the back of my Bible so I see it regularly. When I see it, I don’t feel condemned, but encouraged by the Holy Spirit to keep pushing onward, and He gives me strategy on how to accomplish them. 

Here is my list, with some key notes below each:

1. Love God, Jesus, Holy Spirit
-Uncompromisingly abandoned

2. Love Sherei
- More than myself, intentionally communicating and taking on dates

3. Love others
- Relationship over vision

4. Make Disciples
- Teach them to obey all that Jesus has commanded 

5. Read Scripture daily
- Man lives on the word of God 

6. Worship Freely
- Radically, with dove eyes, alone, in a group

7. Exercise Daily
- My body is a temple

8. Read/talk/pray more
- Tv/movies/apps less

9. Be led by the Spirit
- Ask each day: “What do you have for me today?"

10. Be a good steward of $$
- give extravagantly, pay debt, save, spend well

11. Be good steward of time
- Calendar, to-do list

12. Live as a pioneer
- Fearless adventurer, dream, believe

13. Pray without ceasing
-  Prayer closet, asking “What does wisdom look like?”, with others

14. Family
- Keep up with, pray, visit

15. Nature
- Run away, get lost, fall down

 

What would be your radical life priorities? 

I encourage you to write them out. Put them somewhere that matters. And don’t give up.

God has started a revolution in the world, getting it back to its original intent, and he wants to partner with you - but the radical revolution has to start in you first.

 

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We Need Humble Boldnes

Author // Daniel

I am convinced that if we are to compel this generation to live as no other has, it must be through humble boldness.

In the book of Philemon, we see Paul ask his friend Philemon to forgive and free his slave, Onesimus, who now had become a Christ follower - so that he could partner with Paul in his ministry. Onesimus was most likely a runaway slave, which meant in that time that he had given up the few rights he had as a slave and could lawfully be executed or beaten for punishment. 

Paul’s request of Philemon to have Onesimus freed would have been revolutionary in their era. Not only was he asking that Philemon not punish his slave, but furthermore that he might be freed - all due to Paul’s testimony of his conversion. Paul has an impossible task before him that goes totally against the current of the age, and yet it is clearly the heart of God. Wilberforce and Lincoln probably felt the same overwhelmed way as they fought an ubiquitous slavery era. And yet this is how he responds:

"Though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for loves sake I prefer to appeal to/(encourage) you” - Philemon 1:8-9

He has the boldness, but chooses to infuse humility. The result is a sweet balance between passivity and aggression. Between justice and peace. Between boldness and humility. It is loving assertion. 

This is truly heaven’s path, to compel those around us through love. To let love compel them, even though we carry the authority and would be just in forcing it, we let them choose. Paul does it, Jesus does it in His first coming. It’s the right way.

This is no weak-back passive plea for change. And yet neither is it an iron clinched fist of forceful aggression. It is a passionate, boldly beseeching, tough love, wade through the muddy waters with them call to action. 

The rarest, yet most effective Christians are ones who are both humble, and bold. I have seen lots of one or the other. But it is time for the peace and justice keepers to marry. 

We have a generation to change. We have a higher vision for humanity than they can see for themselves, or can see anywhere around them. This can be frustrating. Those of us who are passive will tend to give up and settle for what exists. Those of us who are aggressive will push hard, forcing those around us to make an outward behavior that is not inwardly genuine, effectively pressure washing the outside of the tombs of their life, and then getting angry and perhaps giving up when we see the dead body, bad fruit of their life pop up again. 

Our response to the revolutionary task ahead of us must be that of Paul’s: to boldly and humbly challenge them, lovingly inspire them to live according to a different standard, dare them to move upstream "that  (their) goodness might not be by compulsion, but of (their) own accord” Philemon 1:14.

To practice humble boldness.

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