So I began to study a little bit about the words Radical Obedience and what it means for the Christian and here is what I came up with. Radical obedience is obeying God when it doesn't make sense. It is doing God's will when our own agenda makes more sense. Radical obedience is not only asking "What Would Jesus Do" but DOING what Jesus did. Radical obedience is heeding the call of God when, by all appearances, it's out of the question. Radical obedience is not compromising even if it means losing friends or family. Radical obedience is stepping outside my comfort zone. Radical obedience demands I do whatever I do so that Christ might be glorified, so that He is the focus of my life, so people see Him and not me.
Have you ever sensed that God was asking you to do something but it just didn't make sense? Maybe because it didn't sound logical? Or maybe because you worried about what others would think. Or because you felt so inadequate to do what He was asking.
"Radical obedience" is a phrase that's challenged me. And with all due respect this should be a daily challenge for all who call themselves a Christian.
Simon Peter showed radical obedience. Let's read his story for a minute.
Read Luke 5:2-4 with me...
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Did you notice that there were two boats on the shore but yet Jesus chose Simon Peter's boat?
Now read Luke 5:5 with me.
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I don't know about you but in Simon Peter's voice it's like I can hear..."I have worked ALL NIGHT Lord and I haven't caught anything! I'm tired, hungry and wore out. Surely you don't think we are going to catch anything now! Well, maybe Simon Peter wasn't thinking this but I can tell that "Cindy" would be thinking these exact thoughts!
But here is the part that GRABS me every single time I have read this passage of scripture.
"NEVERTHELESS, AT YOUR WORD I WILL LET DOWN THE NET". WHOA!
How many times have we found ourselves in Simon Peter's position and YET we have not obeyed? It truly makes me sad when I think about the times in my life that I have "just flat out" missed so many blessings because I have not been obedient to do as Christ has asked of me REGARDLESS of whether it made sense or not. Basically I think Simon Peter was saying..."Lord, it just doesn't make sense what You are asking me to do but I trust You and I am going to obey so here goes.....
Maybe Christ is calling you to unknown charted territory in your life and the thought of it scares you. Only you know what that uncharted territory is. Maybe He is asking you to step out of your comfort zone and teach Sunday school, a Bible Study class, or sing in the choir. Maybe He is asking you to begin a brand new ministry that has never been done before at your church and your thoughts race to the old cliche'...."But we've never done it like that before". Or maybe He is simply calling you to mentor another younger woman and yet you feel so inadequate. Maybe He is asking you to step out in faith though it totally makes no sense at all and go on the mission field.
Our list of reasons as to why we don't heed the call can be quite lengthy. The bottom line is the one question that remains. Will we be radically obedient?
Jesus chose Simon Peter's boat because He knew that Simon Peter had a heart of obedience and would do what was asked of him regardless of whether it made sense.
And oh did Simon Peter's obedience pay off.
Read Luke 5:6
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Being radically obedient to Jesus when it did not make sense was pretty RAD don't ya think?
Because of Simon Peter's obedient heart he had a HUGE catch of fish. The net was breaking they had so many.
And if you will take the time to read the rest of the story....you'll find that Jesus made Simon Peter a fisher of men too!
May this be a reminder to you as well as it is to me my friend...being RADICALLY OBEDIENT to Christ may not always make sense. It may be totally out of our comfort zone and YES, it might be something that "we have never done that way before". But...being obedient to Christ brings the greatest blessings in our life.
And speaking of fishing...think I might just do a little fishing on our family vacation next week at the beach! See ya when I get back!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy