“Some people die at twenty-five and then they are buried at seventy-five.” This is the first quote (attributed to Ben Franklin) in the life changing book, Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to truly follow God’s call? To be willing to do anything that He asks of you? Even if it means living in a slum in Cambodia or Vancouver? If you are ready to take that step or if you are interested in seeing how God has worked through a family that said, “Yes!” to moving into some of the most dangerous cities in North America then this is a fascinating read that will really open your eyes and heart to the impact God can have through an individual or family if we are willing to follow His call.
One of the quotes I loved from the book is, “I have found that if I pray for God to move a mountain, I must be prepared to wake up next to a shovel.” How many of us read about all of the tragedies that happen in the world and think that someone should do something about it? What if God is saying that it’s time for us to stop looking around for someone else to take care of things and to take care of it ourselves.
My 4 favorite things about this book:
- It reminds us that Jesus was radical. He wasn’t just the kind man with brown hair petting a lamb, but the person who turned the entire society in which he lived upside down. He didn’t try to follow the status quo and do what was appropriate in the eyes of society. He hung out with adulterers, tax collectors and others that the “religious elite” did not approve of.
- If you are looking for practical applications to live out a Biblical life in our modern world, this book will give you many ideas. Don’t get me wrong. The application would not be easy but Jesus never promised us easy.
- The idea of charitable work that is built on relationships. These relationships allow us to get to know those in need and to see the God given talents that they have available to contribute to society.
- The reminder not to get overwhelmed with all of the poverty, homelessness, addiction, etc. that we see in the world but to help as many people as we can where we are at now.
Read this book! If you are not currently involved in mission work, ask God to show you where in your community He can use you to empower those who are in need. If you are currently involved in mission work, ask God to show you what next steps He might want you to take.
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