Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The question is not "Can we find God's will?"

Another extended quote from David Platt's MUST READ book, Radical. You must read it. You must. Go. Click. Buy. Order. Whatever you need to do. Just do it. Read it.

I find it interesting that one of the most common questions asked today among Christians is "What is God's will for my life?" or "How do I find God's will for my life?" Many Christians have almost assumed the attitude that they would obey God if he would just show them what he wanted them to do.


In the middle of a Christian culture asking, "How do I find God's will for my life?" I bring good news. His will is not lost. With 1.4 million Bedouins in Algeria who have never even heard the gospel, it makes little sense for us to sit over here asking, "What do you want me to do, God?" The answer is clear. The will of God is for you and me to give our lives urgently and recklessly to making the gospel and the glory of God known among the all peoples, particularly those who have never even heard of Jesus.


The question, therefore, is not "Can we find God's will?" The question is "Will we obey God's will?"


Will we refuse to sit back and wait for some tingly feeling to go down our spines before we rise up and do what we have already been commanded to do?


Will we risk everything--our comfort, our possessions, our safety, our security, our very lives--to make the gospel known among unreached peoples?


Such rising up and such risk are the unavoidable, urgent results of a life that is radically abandoned to Jesus.

9 comments:

  1. You must be ahead of me! I can only take it in small chunks. So much to think through and apply!

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  2. I'm quite certain I'll be re-reading it fairly quickly for that very reason!

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  3. Amen. More excellent stuff. I gave this to my pastor today.

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  4. That is, I gave the BOOK to him. Didn't want you to be nervous about your blog - although I would certainly have no qualms recommending it to anyone!

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  5. I finished today! I can't get the quote from Elliot off my mind and heart, "So what if the well-fed church in the homeland needs stirring?" So hard to hear!

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  6. Lisa:
    I hear this question a lot; I've even asked it from time to time, but about a year ago, God gave me a clear and decisive answer along these lines. I suppose it's been working its way in and out of me over the course of the past 6 years, but for me (and this is for me) it boils down to this one thought. God's will for my life?

    To know him and then, out of that knowing, lead others to know the same.

    Not original, but very freeing to finally come to the grand conclusion of my heart and purpose.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    peace~elaine

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  7. These quotes have peaked my interest in reading this book. Sounds great. Will have to consider adding this to my reading shelf. Sooo many great books out there waiting to be read! Thanks for shring these quotes!

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