What is it about the New Year that makes everyone want to be radical? January brings out the cheesy “New Year – New You” slogans and our inner glam girl desire to go from geek to chic by February.
We start with a bang and finish with a fizzle before we even hit day 12.
So I’ve been thinking…maybe being radical is overrated.
Jesus Wasn’t Radical
We often hear about how radical Jesus was. The way He stood up to the Pharisees. The way He performed miracles. The way He rose from the dead.
(Ok. Fine. The last one is kinda radical.)
But, really, Jesus wasn’t all that radical.
The Jews WANTED radical. They WANTED Jesus to come swooping out of the sky with a thousand chariots, destroy their enemies, bring immediate peace, and set up His glorious kingdom while they pumped their fists and sang “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!”
THAT would have been radical.
Aaaand…He was born in a stable. With cows.
Not very radical.
His followers WANTED Him to be radical. They WANTED Him to go Chuck Norris on Pilate. They WANTED Him to jump off the cross and say, “Psych!”
Aaaand…He got beat up and then He died.
Not very radical.
Hold Your Tomatoes, I Have A Point
As we embark on this new year and all of our radical goals and resolutions (probably the same ones we set last January) remember this:
Jesus wasn’t into the quick fix. Or overnight success. Or amazing results.
Sure, He raised people from the dead, walked on water and did cool stuff like that.
But the radical didn’t come first.
He was God Incarnate. Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Born surrounded by cows.
He did the hard, unglorious, nitty gritty, day to day stuff. He listened. He loved. He knew.
He was faithful. For 33 years.
And then the radical happened.
So if you want your New Year’s resolutions to stick beyond next Tuesday, don’t despise small beginnings. Don’t pursue infomercial transformation.
Dream big, but start small. Lay the foundation of faithfulness.
And then the radical will happen.Leave a Comment