What IS radical faith? Absolute. Complete. Total obedience. Walking when the way seems unclear. Stepping off the ledge of certainty into the unknown only because you know the Lord has instructed you to do so. Following blindly, willingly, unhaltingly. Plunging fully forward into the will of God no matter how crazy it might seem. THAT is radical faith.
When we think about radical faith I think often we picture Hebrews 11 - and rightly so! The "Hall of Faith" records stories about men and women of God who lived with reckless abandon, willing to give up their very lives and every detail of them to the will of God. We look at them in awe and wonder how they did it. We think we could never get there. But I'm telling you, we can!
The men and women mentioned were men and women - flesh, bone, and sinful. There was a catch, however. They were superhuman. Kidding! They were just like us. So how did they do it? By owning a radical, abandoned, wholehearted faith in the One we serve. By putting into obedience every part of their lives to God's will on a daily basis. This kind of radical faith does not come all at once but slowly and surely over time. It comes by training ourselves in repeated obedience so that when He says 'walk' and the path seems unclear we will start moving anyway. So that when He says 'run' we will not calculate the distance necessary to cross the finish line before we take off. So that when He says 'follow' we will unhesitatingly, unhaltingly, unswervingly walk after the Lord no matter the situation He asks us to follow Him in.