Some of my favourite excerpts from the brilliant Radical Together by David Platt:
Simply put, in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need, gospel-believing, God-exalting men and women do not have time to waste their lives pursuing a Christian objective.
The last thing you and I want to do is waste our lives on religious activity that is devoid of spiritual productivity—being active in the church but not advancing the kingdom of God.
We must be willing to sacrifice good things in the church in order to experience the great things of God.
I want to be part of a people who are calling on the Lord day and night, refusing to leave God alone because we hunger for God’s Word in our lives and God’s power in his church and God’s glory in all nations.
We are selfless followers of a self-centered God. We exist for the glory of God, and God exists for the glory of God. The ultimate key to joining together in radical obedience to Christ is found in fostering a humble view of ourselves and a high view of God in the church.
For when we see ourselves as completely dependent, utterly desperate children of God who live exclusively for him, then we will give ourselves in total abandonment to him for his great purpose in the world: the declaration of his gospel and the demonstration of his glory to all the peoples of the earth.
The reality is that you and I, your church and my church, all the structures we have constructed and all the stuff we have created could turn to dust, and God could still make a great name for himself among the nations.
God does not involve us in his grand, global purpose because he needs us. He involves us in his grand, global purpose because he loves us.