“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 ESV.
What does it mean to be radical?
The dictionary.com provides several definitions.
- of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: “a radical difference.”
- thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: “a radical change in the policy of a company.” A person who holds or follows strong convictions or extreme principles; extremist.
- forming a basis or foundation.
- Grammar. of or pertaining to a root.
Like many words in the English language, it depends on the context of the subject matter. When I use the word radical, it typically means to focus on the root of the matter. The original intent. The foundational basis. The uncompromising position of basic beliefs fundamental to life and purpose found in Jesus Christ.
To be radical in Christ is to adhere to the core teachings and purpose behind the Incarnate God. It is to be true to His Word, Purpose, and Intent. It is to be in an intimate, close relationship with Lord Jesus. It is to focus on life through the central eyes of Christ via the Holy Spirit’s influence. It is to eliminate all the extra pomp, rituals, and speculations and focus on the basic core meaning and purpose of Jesus Christ’s life as He lived and lives. It is to live life the way the Triune God created life to be. It is practical and livable, not religious and superstitious. It is to exercise the beliefs, values, and core principles of God’s original intent from the foundation of the world. It is to walk in agreement with God as He constructs His new creation. It is to walk in His redemptive plan of salvation as He restores creation to His original design.
To be radical in Christ is this and so much more. Each day we look through the window of faith and behold a world that all mankind wants but can’t bring about until Jesus Christ returns. He will establish order and rule the Kingdom Way. For now, we experience a small taste of the coming new age while we learn to lead and serve His way. This is my radical.
Rooting for You in Christ!
Encourager, Faith-Integrator, Scribbler