As you probably noticed, whether you follow my blog or are visiting for the first time, my blog is called “Coco’s Chitchat.” I named it that originally because of the alliteration; it sounded cool. The word chitchat, according to Google, means “inconsequential conversation” as a noun, or “talk about trivial matters” as a verb. I hope you realize that some of the things I talk about here—like the gospel—are not trivial matters. They are not things to be taken lightly. I just wanted to put that out there.
One of the messages I hope to spread and promote throughout my life is that Christ deserves all of us. He left His throne in Heaven, came down to earth as a human baby, and lived a human life all for the purpose of dying to save His creation. He gave His life because He loved us enough to reconcile us to the Father and restore our relationship. That’s NOT trivial, Church.
Some Christians have the mentality that if they go to church once a week and do their best to stay away from sin, then they’re good. But that’s not what Christ called his disciples to. He called them to take up their cross—every day of the week—and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). He called them to die to themselves so that they could live in and through Christ (Galatians 2:20). God wants to be more than just an aspect of our lives—our religion. He longs to BE our lives (Deuteronomy 30:20 and Colossians 3:4). To be a follower of Christ is to be so radically devoted to God that we consider our lives as nothing apart from Him.
A few years ago, my youth group did a study on the book Radical by David Platt. They showed a video on YouTube (I’ll link it down below) that really ignited the flame inside of me. It’s an amazing book, and I just re-read it a month or so ago. It broke my heart to be reminded that there are Christ followers all around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. Martyrdom is a real thing today. Yet we in America live as though Christianity is merely a religion for Sunday mornings.
David Platt has been to some third-world countries and taught in some underground churches. He tells the story of how one woman came up to him and told him how she can sometimes get American channels on her TV. One of those channels was a preacher, and they were preaching that if you just have enough faith, God will bless you mightily and give you all these great gifts. The woman came up to David and basically said, ‘I look around at all we have—it isn’t much. We have to meet in secret—not in big buildings with lights and comfy seats. Does that mean we don’t have enough faith?’
That’s my paraphrase of it, but doesn’t that just break your heart? These people are literally risking their lives to meet and learn about the gospel while we in America are driving to our air-conditioned/heated church buildings week after week.
Christianity should NOT be a religion. It should be a relationship with our Heavenly Father and a radical devotion to the gospel. We shouldn’t go through the motions and take all that we have for granted. We are called to go to the ends of the earth. Go to the places that make us uncomfortable. Go to the countries where it is illegal to preach the gospel.
We are not all called to be missionaries or pastors. Some people are called to “secular” jobs that don’t seem to have any part in God’s kingdom. You have to be faithful where God has called you, and He will use your situation for His glory in ways you could never imagine. But make no mistake, Church—we are ALL called to follow Jesus’ command to take up our cross and follow Him. We are ALL called to be a light in the darkness. As David Platt says at the beginning of his podcast (at least in the early episodes…I haven’t listened to any recent ones): “This is not a radical version of Christianity. This is biblical Christianity.”
God wants ALL of us. He wants to be at the center of our lives and the reason for everything we do. He didn’t promise it would be easy, but He promised it would be worth it.
I pray that this video changes your perspective and your heart, as it has for me. Let the words really sink in: we are living in a lost world that doesn’t know God, AND WE ARE GOD’S PLAN A.