DO WE NEED A REVIVAL TODAY? – conclusion
This is the conclusion to the previous bulletin with article “Do we need a revival?” I closed the article with a couple of scriptures. The first, “Awake you who sleep” Eph.5:14. The second, Heb.10:24, “Consider one another in order to stir up unto love and good works.” I then suggested the thought of singing the song “Revive us again” more often. Both of these verses, along with the song, suggest a strong need for continually reviving the members, to keep us actively working for the Lord.
When John the Baptist came on the scene as the forerunner of Jesus Matt.3:1-3 people flocked to him, submitting to his “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” Lk.3:3. While John’s baptism did not actually provide full remission of sins it would happen after Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to atone for sins. John’s baptism was to bring people to repentance, to stir up and arouse the people out of lethargy, to revive them again to spirituality, preparing their hearts to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is borne out by Paul’s later statement in Acts 194-5 to some who knew only the baptism of John. “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentances, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is on Christ Jesus.” As a result, the people to whom Paul spoke were rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
But what about people today who demonstrate they had no idea of what they were committing to after baptism. They need reviving because they show stagnation and lack of growth. They see no need to fully commit themselves to the church where they claim membership. They seem content with a false security, just drifting along but not anchored to Christ. They deliberately forsake many of the assemblies of the saints to do other things much less important. They do not see the importance of assembling with the brethren. We all need to remember the admonition to not grow weary in doing good in a life of service to the Lord Gal. 6:9. Many have lost the joy of Christianity, seeing it only as a series of obligations. Such people need to be reanimated and revived.
Jesus was provoked, stirred up, when He saw the temple defiled Jn.2:13-16; Matt.21:13. He did something about it. He cleansed the temple and rebuked the people for having turned His Father’s house into a den of thieves. How provoked are we when we see people defile the Lord’s church by making it into something it was never intended to be? Jesus was aroused at the hypocrisy of many so- called religious people Matt.23. He let them know what they were doing. Paul was stirred at Athens at the ungodliness of the people and preached against it Acts 17:16. And so should we be stirred when we see the wickedness and immorality of the world around us. Do we speak out?
Too many Christians are like a thermometer which tells the condition of things but does not change the situation. Christians can know something is wrong (a lack of growth, stagnation in the work, people lagging, dragging, failing in their responsibilities to the Lord), but do nothing to change it. They are insensible to what is going on around them. Instead of being like a thermometer we need to be like a thermostat. A thermostat can be adjusted to make corrections and. Improve the situation. Be like Peter Lk.22:32. He stumbled by denying the Lord. Jesus knew He would, but He also know Peter could be revived. So, He told Peter, “When you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” We need to do the same, recognize we have sinned and get revived, Afterward, help revive others. Let yourself be filled with the Spirit which comes through His word Eph.5:18b; 2.Pet.1:13. Let others see it working in you. Be an example to others 1.Pet.2:11-12. “Do you think we need a revival here?” -end-
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