The cost of nondiscipleship

Here we go! My first blog in a while, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the Radical (book by David Platt) read-along community! This book is going to be a doozy, I can tell that from just the first chapter!

When we hear the word radical, I think it’s accurate to suggest that there has to be an opposite lifestyle. Living a life that is “not radical”. I think ALL OF US live that kind of a life. A life where we try to tell ourselves that some of our actions are radical enough….for the moment. Blending into our communities and not doing anything too obvious that would make us look radically ignorant to those around us.

Everything in life is about community, isn’t it? Then why do we think we can escape living a life where we view the community around us as important as God has? As David puts it on page 18 – “the cost of nondiscipleship is profoundly greater for us than the cost of discipleship”. We can easily escape by getting busy, tired, becoming undisciplined with our spending, maybe saving more than we need, or try to tackle this life in all sorts of ways that center around us getting something out of it. The reality is, most of suck at life if we would just admit it. Who would look at a life like that and call it radical? If God wouldn’t, then I think we’ve taken our first baby step in the wrong direction.

Living a radical life for God should scare us a bit. The fear of the Lord that Psalm 111:10 talks about makes a whole lot of sense when you start questioning the essence of your life. Are we ready to start asking questions?

To read what others have to say about the first chapter, click on the links at the bottom of Marla’s blog post here.

  1. Oooh, every single one of those “escape-isms” is me. (well, except for the part about saving $) Thanks for this.

  2. “Most of us suck at life.”

    I practically ended my blog post with the same conclusion. I suck! But thanks be to God for humbling me enough to not stop there. Praying I can step out of comfortable and into radical.

    Thanks, Gabe.

  3. Joel McLaughlin

    Yeah we do don’t we? However, does God want us to be really uncomfortable or just for us to step out of the ordinary? Do something just different enough to make us feel uncomfortable? I am still not sure. However, I know I am far from perfect.

  4. Really digging the comments. Will get the reply feature setup tonight here on the blog.

    Joel – to me it seems like what God asks of us requires all sorts of feelings. Sometimes it allows us to be comfortable, but stepping into the unordinary or uncomfortable seem to happen more frequently.

    Seems like a challenge to think differently. What I appreciate / can’t stand (at the same time) is that this is not a challenge of our faith changing, it’s just peeling the scales of blindness from our eyes being fixed on the mixture of Jesus and comfort.

  5. Rachelle

    I was hoping to maybe “hide” a little from community…you know not be too out there(I don’t want to scare people with my faith…UH,yeah right).
    Recently someone in my community whom I knew and knew me passed away;I never took one single second considering to witness to them or love them in Christ(I was too busy/lazy/preoccupied)and sadly it’s too late. God wake us up!
    Thanks for the post.

  6. Gabe, thanks for this post. It’s as encouraging as a post like this can be. Actually, challenging is a better word for it.

    I couldn’t help but think of 1 Corinthians 1 as I read your post. If we truly make the radical choices God calls us to, that truly makes us foolish according to the world’s philosophy. The more I look at it, truly radical living means we don’t have anything of our own to boast in. It’s all God’s power anyway; we need to remove anything else we might be tempted to point toward and say, “That’s why I did this.”

  7. This first chapter makes me think if the world is able to know I am a Christ follower by looking into my everyday life..that was the takeaway for me. And, in looking at that, you are right- I can be lazy and just plain suck at being a light.

  8. Thanks for sharing Gabe! I know I tend to try and ‘blend into my community’ far too often. I should want to stand out, and even want to be persecuted or ridiculed for being a radical Christian — because Jesus was, and isn’t that our ultimate goal? To be more like Him?

  9. Great post Gabe. We believe this is why 90% of children from church going families are leaving the church: nondiscipleship. We are challenging parents to Disciple Like Jesus!

  10. Interesting you should mention ‘Radical’ as a friend in Christ just recently gave me a copy of this very book. I do not know the woman personally nor why she gave it to me but I do look forward to reading it, that is after I’m finished reading a book I’m already reading..

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