I think all Christians should read this book. What could be more important than a discussion about whether or not you are truly saved?! Platt challenges readers to follow Christ with total abandon and die to self. This book will certainly make you think, but don't let it stop at "thinking." Take action steps to live your faith out day-to-day.
According to David Platt many people will assume they are Christians because they "made a decision to ask Jesus into their heart" when in fact they aren't actively making disciples of other people and thus they are not truly Christians. All of Jesus' disciples (except Judas) as well as Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy showed their faith by sharing the gospel with others and most were martyred. Today we are encouraged to "pray the sinner's prayer" or raise our hand to indicate our acceptance of Jesus and assurance of salvation based on Christ's work. But if we indeed do receive the Spirit of Christ in us, we will obey his command to share His love with others. We will be hungry for the word in Scriptures and want to share what we're discovering with others wherever we are. Although it is true works won't save us, there is a possibility if we aren't actively living for Christ, we may not be His. The Bible doesn't teach us to build big churches, but to go into the world to share our love for Christ with others. We should all be active workers, not just delegating the work of God to a few missionaries. We should gather together to share the good news of Christ, and perhaps by doing so the divorce rate among Christians would drastically fall from being even with that of non Christians. Our buildings, programs, staff, and activities wouldn't be necessary if we were all active followers of Christ, sharing our lives with others wherever we find them and encouraging those who commit their lives to Christ to share in the marketplace what they've learned about Jesus. This is not an easy book to read, but it is a thought provoking one that may cause you to do a one sixty and start talking to strangers and acquaintances about the way Christ is making changes in you.