Revival Here and Now

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I know when revival comes.
And I know where it comes.
It all starts with me, not others somewhere else.
Maybe it’s not an experience but a choice rooted in obedience to Christ.

And maybe it can happen now.

I wonder if revival is more than just a sovereign act of God – in which I passively wait for something external to happen. Not that I think could fabricate it by manipulating God into ‘making it happen’.

Revival happens when I die to self and let Christ take his rightful place as not just Saviour but King too in my life…

Revival happens when I stop choosing pleasure and comfort instead of the narrow and often less crowded way of of following Jesus…

Revival happens when what He says in His Word becomes normative for my thinking and lifestyle…

Revival happens when instead of self-centred ‘spiritual activism’ I chose prayerful surrender…

Revival happens when I gather in my faith community (prayer groups, small groups, Sunday gatherings, servant ministries) with the same expectation that I have when I go to concerts, events and conferences…

Revival happens when my family, workplace and ‘third place’ are all equally valid places of worship – where I am living for the audience of One wherever I am…

Revival happens when I see the idols in my life and unashamedly I chose to tear them down, daily…

Revival happens when love and truth are not an either or…

Revival happens when the Cross is not a nostalgic fading memory but a vivid daily reality…

Revival happens when the Holy Spirit ceases to be an ‘it’ that I ‘push/tap/plug into’ and becomes the Counselling Comforting and Convicting Jesus- glorifying ever-present God…

Revival happens when I don’t live in order to impress God and others but live in the freedom and acceptance that grace gives me…

Revival happens when church stops being the building I go into or the service I attend on a Sunday…

Revival happens when the Good News is so good that being it’s ambassador becomes second nature…

Revival happens when I throw away the bib and put on the apron…

Revival happens when I chose hope and joy not because everything has fallen into place – but because Jesus is alive…

Revival happens when I admit that this is not my home and I stop gathering ‘treasures and trinkets’ that will vanish – instead investing in the eternal…

Revival happens when I stop obsessing about revival and fix my eyes on Christ…

10 Hints for Caring in a Crisis

  1. Express care and interest straight away. Yes, you. Don’t delay.
  2. Pray for peace, hope, faith and love, even when you’re not sure what/how.
  3. Listen and let people share their burden, in their words, tears and all.
  4. Demonstrate support in tangible ways. Small acts speak volumes.
  5. Let Jesus be the consistent vision, comforting and inspiring
  6. Let the Word of God be the map, the anchor, the wind and the fuel.
  7. Mobilize and motivate others to support, together we accomplish more!
  8. Note down key issues and dates, that will show support and care!
  9. Journey along, with sincerity, humility and audacity, as a companion.
  10. Marathon not just a sprint: Go for the long run, enduring not bailing out.