Earlier I wrote that we need to pray for revival. We need to drop the ulterior motive of restoration and really pray for revival that few would be left behind at the rapture when ever that might be. That at this juncture in history of earth and time we, in the time of the Gentiles, continue to do our part until the end, with or without the promise of the return of creature comforts.
Well, then, I got this image of churches calling together the faithful, spending a couple of hours in prayer (some a whole 15 minutes) that the Lord would send His Holy Spirit and bring revival across the land. That God would redeem everyone from bondage, bind the broken spirits, lift the faint, restore His church. Sounds great. Then everyone goes home and “waits on the Lord”. Kinda of like putting the bacon and eggs out on the counter, praying for breakfast and waiting for it. Whoa! Isn’t that part of what’s gotten us in this mess in the first place. We open our church doors, adjust our programs and activities and hope for those to walk in.
NOOOOOO! The command in Matt 28:19-20 is GO MAKE, not sit and wait. He didn’t say those with the gift of evangelism go and the rest sit. What we need to do right now is not simply pray for revival, we need to DO revival.
We need to get out of our comfort zones. Time is short. Everyday we need to read, pray, obey, and go. Lifestyle evangelism was popularized for the intrepid a while ago. You were taught, lead folks to Christ by the way you live, and that’s true except that it has become the crutch and excuse not to go out. Yes, we need to live lives worthy of Christ, with a sacrifice attractive to the lost. But all the while mindful that the days are evil and time is short and God will require the direct approach.
The time of “prosperity evangelism” is over. We have fallen apart as a country because God is rejecting those who make their claim to Christ based on what the return is that they can get. The time is coming that Jesus is returning to claim His faithful, whose hearts are set on Him, who have rejected this world and everything in it to follow Him. Are you ready for Jesus coming? Have you been fooled into thinking that you can have your cake and eat it too. Jesus called, and demanded, all who follow Him, to leave it all behind. Are you one who was misled? Are you still clinging? Jesus wants all of you, He is coming to take you to a greater glory if you give yourself wholly to Him. Is your heart burning within you now? Take this opportunity to reclaim the gift, or if you’ve never really done it, accept Jesus wholly . Do it now…