I have just finished a great and convicting book. I love how He does that-- puts certain books in our hands at just the right times... It is called "Radical" by David Platt and I have to share some of the hard-hitting quotes from it with you! The message is so close to my heart...
“In the time we gather for worship on a Sunday morning, almost a thousand children elsewhere die because they have no food. If it were our kids starving, they would all be gone by the time we said our closing prayer. We certainly wouldn’t ignore our kids while we sang songs and entertained ourselves, but we are content with ignoring other parents’ kids. Many of them are our spiritual brothers and sisters in developing nations. They are suffering from malnutrition, deformed bodies and brains, and preventable diseases. At most, we are throwing our scraps to them while we indulge in our pleasures here…” – David Platt, “Radical” pg 115
“When God tells us to give extravagantly, we can trust Him to do the same in our lives. And this is really the core issue of it all. Do we trust Him? Do we trust Jesus when He tells us to give radically for the sake of the poor? Do we trust Him to provide for us when we begin using the resources He has given us to provide for others? Do we trust Him to know what is best for our lives, our families, and our financial futures?” – David Platt, “Radical” pg 123-124
“When we have the courage to look in the faces of brothers and sisters whose bodies are malnourished and whose brains are deformed because they have no food, Christ will change our desires, and we will long to sacrifice our resources for the glory of His name among them.” – David Platt, “Radical” pg 127
“Why not begin operating under the idea that God has given us excess, not so we could have more, but so we could give more?” – David Platt, “Radical” pg 127
And, most poignant and true to my heart--
“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes…” – David Platt, “Radical” pg 139
Love on, love on, love on!