Co-heirs with Christ
Are you, are you a radical? In some ways I’m sure the answer is yes, we can be individuals and with differing opinions, so different sometimes that they may seem radical. But I’m not exactly speaking of that kind of radical, oh no my friends I’m talking about radical in the sense and purpose and person of Jesus, our Christ and Savior, that is the kind of radical I’m speaking of!
So, are you a radical still or are you one that just blends in with the crowd, one that speaks “Oh, I don’t want to start anything by speaking my mind” and why not I must ask? Is it because we may stir up controversy? Is it because we may lose a friend or be deemed self righteous or holier than though? Of course it is, that is a concern of ours yes and it is real and it would hurt to lose friends and loved ones over such as this conversation could bring. It is only through witnessing with others about Christ will we ever gain our own salvation, Jesus did not come to speak this message, this message of forgiveness without ritualistic sacrifice and without traditional works, just for it to fall and fail to be heard by others. We are all creatures made by God, but we are different, we have been transformed by Christ into new creations, Forget timidity, forget transparency and most definitely forget individualism, except in the cause of salvation. We must become radically different, we must become rebellious even, rebellious towards all things that would keep us as slaves to sin, we must live a life so radically different than that which is glorified by media and advertisement, we must become as one beverage advertising campaign back in the 70’s put it, the “un-cola”.
Are you ready to find your niche and become a radical; are you ready to be a “rebel with a cause”?
How did others from history become soul winners for Christ? Read that Bible; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Paul speaks of how we might rebel against sin and demonstrate this new and radical way of life for others. I have added the scripture text and the Bible says:
19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
We have never had a better chance to feel more alive than when we share the message of hope, it’s this message that spurns life changing courses of action, that can in turn, be shared by those who receive this gift and then in their own radical way pass it along to another who may be rebelling against God and not sin.
Put on your full armor of God and let’s make some radical changes in first our own lives and then in the lives of others!
Share God at the supermarket, radical; share God at the library, radical; share God at the big game, radical;. This word “radical”, by definition means ‘go to the root or origin’, now wait just one minute, we live in Christ and he lives in us. I know I said this earlier, but again does this not point to us being a radical. In Luke 5:36-39 of the Bible it says;
36He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, 'The old is good.'"
That old that is being spoken of here is God and God doesn’t want us to mold ourselves into something he didn’t create either, as trying to fit into a round hole when we are square pegs, no we must use who we are and what we are and what we have been to show others our own radical change, how we have returned to the ROOT of All that is GOOD. We have and will continue to pursue God’s will as our own, we must share all that we have, our time, our love, our empathy and even our money with some who would at a glance seem less than approachable, yes this is what Jesus did and this is what we can and will do because we are radicals, we are going back to our origin, we refuse to be a slave to sin any longer.
I have another question to ask; are we truly new creatures in Christ? Reading in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says;
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
But let us look at the book of Genesis, Genesis 2:7 to be exact, the Bible says;
then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature
Stay with me because I am going to close this, I’m jumping back to the New Testament where in the book of Acts, Acts 1:8, the Bible says;
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
So here we are created beings having life breathed into us by our LORD and then we all fall away, through our normal tendency towards sin. Now here is the best part “Jesus comes for us” and he comes to free us; he sets up shop right in our very own hearts, minds and soul and produces a radical change, and by radical I am referring to that returning to our roots, which is to the LORD himself. Furthermore, we receive the Holy Spirit and we our on our way to the Father, through the Son, radical, radical, hallelujah and amen!
Lastly, with our transformation or rather our restoration almost complete, we now become more like Jesus everyday, we become more radical everyday, we share our faith and we become the image of Jesus to others who have yet to meet him everyday. Welcome to your new and blessed radically changed life forevermore!