This morning during a Bible study with other guys from our church I reflected on a time I had taken on a new job at a global health advocacy group. When I first started I was struck by this idea: if I could form a team of 50 people who were wholeheartedly committed to the same thing, we could change the world.
While we had a great team, for some of us it was just a job. The work was not our undying passion. Change was still made, with great results, but my world-changing hopes were left for another day.
Now I find myself in the realm of my undying passion. To that end I pondered out loud what it would be like if 80 people (our small church) were all wholeheartedly committed to the same thing. Namely, renewal and revival. More of God’s presence, repentance and the experience of his grace. People deeply hungry for more of Jesus.
That type of mission has and will change the world. I long for it. I hope you do too.
We have been talking about the elements of renewal or revival in some corners of the church and one dear saint sensed a calling to pray for a holy fear of God to permeate the church. While our modern first response might be hesitancy (who wants to endorse fear), when we have a biblical context for what it means to have an abiding reverence for God, then the environment shifts and the soil is prepared for revival.
To this end, this Saint shared her thinking on what the fear of the Lord looks like in a climate of revival.
“A Climate for Revival
“Holy Fear Outside the Church:
Understanding one’s position ->Holy Fear (horror, anguish, woe) coupled w/
hope->Redemption and Salvation
“Holy Fear Inside the Church:
Understanding One’s position->Holy Fear
(humility, awe, wonder) coupled with hope->Revival and Further Sanctification”
May we inside the church understand our position, made righteous by Christ, and live in humility, wonder, and awe with a defining hope for more.
I am doing some research on historic revivals throughout the world and essentially why they did or did not last. But since I have not had a church history class yet I need some suggestions on which revivals to dive into. Let me know your ideas in the comments.