There is talk going around the church about revival. It seems as though someone is always making the point that the church is dry, dead or asleep. “We need revival” everyone says. Well my question is what exactly is revival and how will we know when we’ve had it?
Revival defined is bringing life back into something. It would be like someone giving mouth to mouth to another and their life coming back into them. In essence it is someone coming back from the dead.
Now Jesus told us He was the way, the truth and the life. He also said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” So it seems to me that if revival is life coming back into someone, and Jesus is life, then revival means Jesus coming back into someone. Hmmm? I’m not so sure if I am following this. Didn’t Jesus say he would never leave us nor forsake us? Doesn’t the Bible say we are sealed, with the Holy Spirit, until the day of redemption? If Jesus is the life and he promises to never leave us, and we are sealed until the day of redemption, then we already have the life.
I think I may know what our problem might be. I think the church is mistaking their soul feelings for their spirit reality. You see in our soul we have fluctuations depending on all sorts of variables. We may have a cold,be tired or hungry and therefore not be very exuberant or excited. We may be stressed or feeling neglected. This doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not we have life. Jesus is our life. In our spirit we, by faith, trust the Word of God and the witness of the Holy Spirit. According to both of them we are saved and have, right now, eternal life. This may or may not manifest itself by shouting, crying or some other outward expression.
Most of what seems to pass for revival appears to be no more than some very loud and exciting preaching meetings. I submit to you that real revival might come by revelation of our true inner life. Maybe if we truly see who we have dwelling within we would become excited, and it would be an excitement that would outlast a mere week’s worth of meetings.
The Bible tells us in Romans 6 that those of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his death. It then goes on to say that if we have been joined to him in his death then we have also been joined to him in his resurrection. This means that since Christ has been raised we also have been raised to walk in newness of life. Now that is revival.