Such a powerful word.
A few months ago I was listening to a talk on love. I am pretty sure it was a sermon from Francis Chan. Anyway, throughout the talk Francis Chan said something along the lines of:
“When we are in love we do crazy things for others. Girlfriends, family, friends, etc. So, what about for God? If we love Him, would we do crazy things for Him. Would we give up our current comfortable lives?”
Then I felt the punch in the gut feeling coming…
“What radical things do I do for God?”
“If He called me to do things that appear crazy to the world…would I do it? Has He already…and I haven’t listened?”
I consider myself a pretty adventurous person. I like taking risks. I like showing my affection for others by helping them in times of need. I like doing acts big or small to show my appreciation.
What would I do if someone I loved/admired/cared about needed me now?
If one of my siblings called me and said they needed me. I would drive two hours to the airport. Get on a plane. And be home for them. I’d skip class. I’d miss tests.
If my upset friend needed to talk to me at 3:00 in the morning…and I was dead asleep. I would get up, drive to their apartment, and we would talk.
If a girl I had a crush on lived a few hours away, I would drive those 2.5 hours just to see her for a few hours. (true story by the way).
So....what radical things are you doing now because you love God?
As I reflected on this question I was not really sure. I felt as though God was calling me to love him deeply.
But how? What does radical love look like?
I think it is really interesting that when we do radical things out of love it is considered romantic, selfless, and pure awesomeness. For example, think about all those crazy marriage proposal videos. Guys go out of their way and put so much time and effort in order to make it perfect. Why? Because they love their soon to be bride so much. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Quite frankly, I plan on being one of those guys one day. Get ready future Mrs. Bellacicco.
We need to remember that as a Christian sometimes doing things because we love God appears crazy. Loving God does not look romantic at all.
Calling on him in prayer, helping someone that the world has said don’t go near, talking with strangers, maybe even going across the world to help the poor.
Loving God radically is through vulnerability.
Loving God radically is by sacrifice.
Loving God radically is by prayer.
Loving God radically is by service.
Loving God radically is by listening.
We need to remember, that unlike marriage proposals loving God can be viewed under a negative light in the world.
So, how do I do radical things to show my love for God. Well, radical does not necessarily mean big acts. Each time we do something for our neighbor we are loving God radically. Friends, today I encourage you to do something a little radical to show your love for your neighbor and the Big Man Upstairs.
Write a note of appreciation to a friend, coworker, stranger.
Call someone and tell them how much they mean to you.
Hug a friend who has been down lately.
Send a small gift of appreciation to a parent.
Listen with an open heart to the story of a hurting stranger.
Smile at a stranger.
Pray for a friend.
Pray with a friend.
As St. Mother Theresa said,
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
So, yes. Today, I shout from the rooftops. I am in love with God.
Will you shout it with me?
Now it is time to show the world you are on fire with His love.