Why We Don’t See Revival: Rediscovering Our Purpose
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in our daily routines and lose sight of the true purpose of our lives as Christians. We are called to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, yet we find ourselves wondering why we don’t see revival in our churches and communities. The answer lies in understanding the purpose of our faith and realigning our actions with the gospel’s message.
Peter said in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the Holy Spirit.” This verse underscores the importance of repentance and the transformative power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we become a part of the church on fire, a church that exists to spread the gospel and be a witness to the world.
But what happens when we forget our purpose? We lose sight of the reason for our existence, and the fire within us begins to wane. As we become more focused on our own needs, desires, and ambitions, we neglect the gospel and the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This lack of purpose leads to a lack of revival.
To understand why we don’t see revival, we must examine the characteristics of a church on fire. A church on fire speaks boldly about their faith, stands up for what they believe in, and is unafraid to share the gospel. They are a community that serves others, shares their resources generously, and is willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel.
However, our modern society has shifted our priorities, and we have become more focused on worldly pursuits than on our spiritual growth. We are more concerned with our careers, financial security, and social status than with sharing the gospel and building up the kingdom of God. This shift in focus has led to a lack of boldness, a reluctance to serve, and an unwillingness to suffer for our faith.
In order to see revival, we need to rediscover our purpose and recommit to the mission of the gospel. We must be willing to speak boldly about our faith, even when it is unpopular or inconvenient. We must be willing to serve others, putting their needs above our own. And we must be willing to suffer for our faith, knowing that our ultimate reward lies in heaven.
We also need to be submissive to the Holy Spirit, allowing God to guide our actions and decisions. When we submit to the will of God, we become vessels for His power and love to flow through us, igniting the fire within and spreading it to those around us.
If we want to see revival in our churches and communities, we must refocus on the gospel, be willing to speak boldly, serve others, suffer for our faith, submit to the Holy Spirit, and prioritize sharing the gospel. Only then will we experience the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and see revival sweep through our lives and the lives of those around us.
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