Yesterday I finished readingRadicalby David Platt for the first time. The book has changed my life beyond what I expected. Before I even began to read it, God has really laid these subjects on my heart. I really think that God used this book to confirm and reinforce what I had been learning from His Word. More than anything, I want to continue to seek God, glorify Him, and grow in His fullness. I don’t know how God is going to use me, but I want to serve Him because His loving-kindness and faithfulness is more than I deserve. It’s something I believe and cling to every moment of my day. It’s something worth dying for. While that all sounds super drastic, it still doesn’t even begin to compare to the price that Christ paid on the cross.
So if you’ve read the book, you know about the Radical Experiment. Starting tomorrow, I’m beginning my year-long journey. And to get there, this is the plan I’ve formulated:
Pray for the entire world
I plan to accomplish praying for the entire world by subscribing to Operation World’s newsletter email to receive daily reminders. I will utilize my copy of Operation World and commit to praying daily. I will also stay in the know about current events in world news so as to meet the most current needs for the nations in prayer.
Read through the entire Word
I plan to accomplish reading the entire Word in a year by following a reading plan. I will manage my time and prioritize to ensure that my personal time with the Word happens daily. I will also limit the amount of time I spend on social media in order to ensure that I am able to have enough time to commit to reading daily.
Commit my life to a multiplying community
I plan to commit myself wholeheartedly to my church, Cross Pointe Community Church. I will continue to serve in the children’s ministry, but will actively seek opportunities to serve above and beyond my monthly commitment. I will also join a life group that is intentional about sharing, showing, and teaching the Word and serving the community. Within that life group, I will seek to build Christ-centered relationships. I will also be diligent in inviting someone to church with me every week.
Sacrifice money for a specific purpose
I plan to sacrifice my money above and beyond my 10% tithe. I will give above and beyond on 5th Sunday missions offering. I will also start sponsoring a missionary through Gospel for Asia. In order to accomplish this purpose, I will be better about managing my personal finances. I will prioritize my spending on necessities first, and cap the amount that I spend on luxuries.
Spend time in another context
I plan to spend my summer on missions, whether it is as a counselor with Sky Ranch again or in another country. I will be open to whatever opportunities God brings up, and obediently follow wherever He calls me to go. Wherever I go, I will submit to the purpose of being there. I will put my needs beneath those that I am serving in order to share the gospel.
In order to meet complete this experiment, I will find individuals who will commit to holding me accountable in staying focused on the goal: glorifying God and growing in His fullness. I will daily check to make sure that I have followed through faithfully on this plan. I will begin this experiment October 1, 2012 and carry it out until completion by October 1, 2013.