The call for revival is echoing throughout our churches and our communities. With the distorted, upside-down view of our society and culture, so many people are calling out for the “bad to be fixed.” The “bad,” – you know the ones. Those with the “messed-up” values, those “down-right wicked” people, those “pathetic lost souls”. . . You know . . . THEM!
I’ve seen a lot of finger-pointing, fist-pumping, Bible-waving going on in the world around me. And yes, I find myself guilty of the same. If not in my actions, for sure in my thoughts. Today was a turning point for me. Our pastor, Gregg Matte, has been teaching a series called “Words with Friends” and today’s word is REVIVAL.
How many times have I heard the scripture from 2 Chronicles and said yes that’s what “we” need to do and then things are going to have to get better. So what’s wrong with that? The problem is for all my life I’ve focused only on that very familiar verse 14 . . . and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
Go back and read the verse in the whole context and see the overwhelming sense of God’s presence. That’s where this verse has taken me today. It’s not the “we” or the “them” . . . it’s me. Revival has to begin with me.
I have to humble myself and pray. Pray . . . not finger-point at “them” but look inward.
I have to seek His face and turn from my own sin. Confess . . . not coddle my own sin.
The healing needs to start in my own heart. Revival must start in my heart.
And so it must be with each of us.
Revival: The church awake. Lost saved. Society changed. ~Gregg Matte
And then we can come and see . . . Come and see what God has done.