RADICAL CHRIST FOLLOWER DECLARATION
Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There is no turning back. I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes, with God’s people, on God’s planet, for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate His Presence, cultivate His character, participate in His family, demonstrate His love, and communicate His Word.
Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living and a home waiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying. Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of God’s church.
Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, “we” over “me”, character over comfort, service over status, people over possessions, and position over pleasure. I know what matters most and I will give it all I’ve got. I will do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today. I won’t be captivated by this culture, manipulated by critics, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal; not on the sidelines or on those running by me.
When times get tough and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. I’ll keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m spirit-led, purpose-driven, and mission-focused so I can’t be bought. I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.
I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace, so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for every day, and generous with everything that God entrusts to me. I am a radical in the original sense of the word: rooted in Christ, rooted in love, and rooted in His Word.
I hereby declare my supreme allegiance to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I say this: However, whenever, wherever, and whatever You ask me to do, my answer is yes! I’m ready. Anytime. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord! I want to be used by You in such a way that on that final day I’ll hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful child”.
“God is kind, but He’s not soft. In kindness He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” (Romans 2:4, MSG)
“And many will turn away from me . . . And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:10-12, NLT)