Last month, I finished reading Radical by David Platt.
At the book’s core, Platt writes about and exposes one of most influential enemies of authentic Christianty: the American dream.
While the goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God. (Radical, David Platt)
As a culture, the relentless pursuit of “more” has gotten us so acclimated to what the world has to offer. Radical is a call to action. In the same vein as Chan’s Crazy Love, Platt encourages the reader to think and live differently.
Rather than living out a superficial faith that focuses on the improvement of self, he urges living an unconventional faith that seeks to serve our Father above all else.
While I had mixed feelings about the book (especially when contrasted with the last book I read, The Ragamuffin Gospel), but ultimately I came away with one, important takeway: it is about God.
So often I make _____ about me, when it should be about God.
That blank can be filled in with whatever…. life, work, family, finances, faith.
Masked behind noble intentions, sometimes those “good things” turn into ways I can make myself look better in the eyes of others. Instead of serving God through those avenues, the people pleaser in me unearths it’s ugly head.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
If you’re looking for a book to challenge the way you’re living, I’d say give it a shot. It absolutely challenged me.
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