“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” ― David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
Me-myself-and-I. I bought into that idea, and I manifested it. However, that period of my life was terrible. I was living a life of complete anguish. I was living a life of myself, and that “life of myself” was not the life that I was destined to live. You see, outside of Christ there is no life. Just vanity, idols, and nothing perpetual. For example, my idol that I served starting at the age of thirteen until sixteen was pornography. My lust for visual sexuality became my god. I served it. I lived for it. It was the author of decisions. My thoughts. My selfish ambitions. My reasoning. My actions. Were all subject to my idols, vanities, and temporary gratification. This life of me was a life of death.
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“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
That is what I did. It was not easy. However, I died. I died to that “life of myself.” I surrendered myself to the true author of my life – God. My life is now subject to God’s will. This life that I live is not mine to live for myself. It’s to live for God, and Him alone, and to share what He has given me to others. While I still stumble in trying, I know that I must live a life in radical obedience towards God.
What I am trying to convey here is that we forget at times in our spiritual journey that we have died to ourselves. God’s children do not live for themselves. Complete obedience is to forget about ‘you’ and to put God first in everything. Having that type of mindset is radical, because it does not fit our humanistic agenda. We have desires of our own, and putting them aside for God’s will is no easy task. The idea of putting God first in everything agitates, because we struggle with our carnalistic condition of instant gratification. We want things to happen at our time, when it’s in God’s time. God does not conform to our lifestyle. However, in obedience we allow ourselves to be transformed to live a life love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The moment we make God our priority is the moment we are truly living life and things start to fall into place in your life.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – (Philippians 1:21 NIV)
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