8 April 2020
What is radical faith?
It is true that unless we have something worth dying for, we have nothing worth living for. This popular saying looks scary to some people – why should anyone die for anything? This quote is for the people who are ready to go radical for the things they believe in. I wanted to know what the phrase “radical faith” means, I did all I could do to get what it means. Some people have been saying with their mouths how they have been radical for Christ, for the things of God. from their decisions, the paths they take, their deeds, can we say that is the true radical faith that we are talking about?
After so much search on the true meaning of radical faith, I was directed to a verse in the Bible – Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” I looked into this verse very well and a thought dropped into my heart, this is true radical faith. I also went to the story of the three Hebrews in Babylon. In Daniel 3, the King set up an image that everyone must bow to worship at the sound of the trumpet and other musical instruments. These boys refused to bow to the image. When the King became angry and asked why they did not bow, they were not afraid but faced the King. This kind of faith left me wondering, how is it possible for someone to sound so ridiculous and careless. People might not see these boys as wise but as stupid. But this is the kind of faith God wants us to possess. With these, I can say that radical faith means the act of giving oneself to the things of God.
When we say giving oneself to God, should be some part and then leave the other parts? To be radical means to be willing to take the risk for the sake of the Gospel, it means sacrificing everything you have for the sake of the Gospel. It means surrendering yourself and everything about you to God for the sake of the Gospel. I always think within me, in these recent days, who are those willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the Gospel, is anyone out there who is ready to go radical for the sake of the Gospel? I was led to 1 King 19:18 “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” All I could do after this is to pray that God gives me the mind to possess radical faith.
The truth is that this world is a dynamic place, it is always changing and these changes are mostly not in the favor of Christians. If the world changes in the direction that is not in your favor as a Christian, what would you do? Will you still be radical for Christ? If people look down on you and call you names or even reject you for who you are; if you are being condemned because of your faith, will you still be truthful to the things of God? One true thing that we should know is that this world will not always be smooth for anyone, there are challenges that we will be faced with, there are things that will cause frustration, depression, and things that will make one lose hope. Jesus mentioned that these things will come, He did not lie just to make us feel comfortable but He promised us something even if we are faced with all of these. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus promised us peace.
One question we should be asking ourselves is, are we advancing in faith? Are we moving from being a baby to a grown and mature Christian? Have we gotten to the level that we can boldly say what is written in Romans 8:35? 1 Corinthians 14:20a “Brethren, be not children in understanding:”
I know many Christians want to have this kind of faith, they want to be exceptional and make the Gospel go viral but they don’t know how to start. There are three questions that every Christian who wants to have a radical faith must ask themselves and answer.
- Am I ready to be radical in my faith?
- Can I sacrifice everything for the sake of the Gospel?
- Can I risk it all for the Gospel?
- Am I ready to look stupid to other people or probably be called “unwise”?
These four questions need to be answered by you – you have to know what you want to get into. I am not trying to scare you away but many things come from getting into this greater phase of faith. These are the questions I have asked myself, they helped me to know the level I am in faith. This is what God wants. When the Bible says “For without Faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), it is not just an ordinary faith, it is a radical faith. The will of God for us all is that we have the fire burning in us, the zeal to keep going farther in faith. The reason for this is for us to kill doubt in us about God so that Satan will not have the opportunity to kill our faith.