And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 ESV)
However, I often forget that an extreme life lived for Jesus Christ who loves me wrecklessly needs to be considered every waking minute of every day. Being radical for Jesus involves the routine. The apostle Paul makes it clear that in everything we do or say (or think or feel), we are to do these things in the name of the Lord Jesus, in other words in behalf of Him and for Him. In another text, Paul broke it down to the simplest of things, eating and drinking, and said that even in these ordinary ways we are to glorify God. So before I head off to some remote corner of the world to work in an orphange or be arrested for preaching Christ in a closed country, I can and must be radical about how I live my life, again in the context of the gospel and the local church.
So, how can I do this? Here's a short list of what I'm thinking:
1. Prepare Saturday evening to be an active participant in the Sunday morning worship service.
2. Husband, lovingly lay your life down for your wife today and for the next 50-60 years.
3. Wife, willingly submit to the authority of your husband today and for the next 50-60 years.
4. At work today, be diligent, honest, honorable and considerate so that our coworkers may see our good works and glorify God on the day of His return.
5. Minimize social media, the internet and cable TV so we are actually involved, skin-to-skin, in people's lives.
Being radical for Jesus is seen in the martyr's death, and should be honored and emulated. But what is just as profound and necessary is the quiet determination to do everything, talking, eating, drinking, working, in the name of Jesus Christ. May God give us the grace to be this radical.