If you want to see revival, plant your church in the gutter.
The great challenge for the future church won’t be filling pews on Sundays, but rather living and speaking authentically into the cultural pain and ache of our day. Jesus is leading the church where religious hype and cultural callousness cannot go. Our worship before God can never justify our poor relationships. Jesus calls us to restore the broken altars of our families, friendships and relationships before we bring our worship to the altar of God. Reconciliation begins with hearing. Healthy church creates safe, vulnerable, disarming space to hear and be heard by others. A wounded church desperately needs a revival of hearing.
You can call it revival. You can have the best advertising. You can have skilful worship and even great preaching. If the presence and power of God aren’t present, no adjective you use to describe what you are promoting will ever be enough to change people. Presence is what qualifies genuine revival. Seek presence, and you will inherit revival.
We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus’ miracles are not just a challenge to our minds but a promise to our hearts that the world we all want is coming.
I don’t believe in spiritual formulas or magic words, but I do believe God is faithful to do what He promised if we’re faithful to be obedient to Him. His word tells me repentance leads to times of refreshing, renewal, healing and awakening.. how GREAT is our need for all of those things in this hour. And there is much to repent of on behalf of our nations and the people of God. So with the same fervency, we long for a spiritual awakening, we are eager to humble ourselves, fast, repent, and consecrate our lives afresh.
So many love to be inspired by tales of revival, so few commit to labor with God on their knees and in their assigned fields to birth one. We stand less in need of itinerant “pied pipers” of revival tales and more in need of men and women whose lives will write them. Men and women who are willing to sink deep roots of righteousness, prayer, faith, hope, truth and love into the soil of their churches, their communities and their cities and birth it.
My personal attitude is this: I will stand for revival, unity and prayer; I will labor to restore healing and reconciliation between God’s people. Yet, if all God truly wanted was to raise up one fully yielded son–a son who would refuse to be offended, refuse to react, refuse to harbor unforgiveness regardless of those who slander and persecute–I have determined to be that person. My primary goal in all things is not revival, but to bring pleasure to Christ.
The Irregular’s Creed
I am an Irregular. I have no interest in normal, average, balanced living. I was both conceived and have been sent from another world. My orders are clear and non-negotiable – hear and obey at any cost. By mercy and grace, I have been set ablaze, rescued in perfect love, and established in family. I burn to do the will of my Father and to finish it. I am content to run with a handful of like-minded radicals with devoted hearts and a company with crucified ambitions. Silence, solitude, devotion, and concentration are the means by which my soul finds satisfaction. No longer yearning for the credit, the fame, or the fortune. I exist to see the Fulfillment of one great cause – on Earth as it is in Heaven.