Summary: THE RADICAL EXPERIMENT Matt 9: 36-38 (p687) October 30, 2011 INTRODUCTION: INTRO,- ILL. - A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He got an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realized th
THE RADICAL EXPERIMENT
Matt 9: 36-38 (p687) October 30, 2011
INTRO,- ILL. - A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He got an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realized that whenever he looked at the wall he saw an old Jewish man praying vigorously.
The journalist wondered whether there was a publishable story here. He went down to the wall, introduced himself and said” “I see that you come every day to the wall. What are you praying for?”
The old man replied: What am I praying for? In the morning I pray for world peace, then I pray for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a glass of tea, and I come back to the wall to pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth.”
The journalist was taken by the old man’s sincerity and persistence. “You mean you have been coming to the wall to pray every day for these things.” The old man nodded.
“How long have you been coming to the wall to pray for these things/”
The old man became reflective and then replied: How long? Maybe twenty, twenty-five years.”
The Amazed journalist finally asked: How does it feel to come and pray every day for over 20 years for these things?”
“How does it feel?” the old man replied. “It feels like I’m talking to a wall.”
Over the last nine weeks we’ve delved deep into the question. “What does it mean to be a “Radical” follower of Jesus Christ? You’ve heard me challenge all of us to wake up and embrace the truth that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose.
Many of you have gone even deeper in this “Radical” journey…you’ve read David Platt’s Book, you’ve signed up for the Bible study, and you’ve created your own small discussion group…
You not only have heard Jesus say, “If anyone would come after me…they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.
You believe it’s true and are seeking to discover the specifics in your life…
Some have heard the sermons and maybe perused the book and said, “I know all this is true, but come on…I live in a real world Rick.”
And once again I will remind you of this biblical, New Testament truth…God never uses the masses to change the world…he always uses the committed few.
It would not be the 4 or 5 thousand that show up for a fish sandwich that would go into all the world and make disciples…it would start with 12….no wait…make that 11.
Here are the claims we’ve looked at…Real success is found in radical sacrifice…ultimate satisfaction is found not in making much of ourselves, but in making much of God. The purpose of our lives transcends the country and culture in which we live. Meaning is found in community not in individualism…and ultimately, Jesus is a reward worth risking everything to know experience and enjoy.