Actually, revival is happening right now. But it is
not happening the way we pictured it happening. See, for many people what
"revival" means is that the church building will be loaded with hyped up excited
Christians. With the current decline in church attendance and the recent studies
that have shown that "church" makes little to no impact on our society and that
it carries little relevance to Americans, "revival" is viewed as the great hope
to preserve the churches in America. So, we have prayed for revival, but as we
have prayed those prayers we have had our own picture of what this revival will
look like. Well, God has been answering those prayers, but the problem is that
He has been doing it in such a way that we haven't recognized it for what it is.
In fact, for many Christians, it is out right offensive.
What is revival? Is it not simply to revive something? To bring something back
that was in decline? Well, what exactly are we praying will come back from
decline or be revived? Organized religion or the life Christ in His people? See,
revival is happening, but not the way we had pictured it. The revival that is
happening is that people are discovering the simplicity of the life of Christ
and intimacy with Him and they are leaving organized religion in droves in order
to return to Him. So strangely what has been viewed as "the great falling away"
often is actually God's people shedding religious trappings and returning to
Him. He is being revived in their daily lives beyond the four walls of the
church out in the "real world" where the people are. People are stopping playing
church and are discovering what it means to "be the church."
But this revival has come without bells and whistles, noise and emotion. Rather
it came silently, and often painfully, to the hearts of many who have come to
realize that Jesus and religion are not the same thing. But this revival makes
no noise because it is happening in the personal lives of individual followers
of Christ all over the world who are rediscovering what it means to walk in
daily intimacy with Him. Believers are finding such an intimacy with Christ that
they are discovering they no longer need the trappings of religion to "re-charge
their batteries" or to perform religious duties to be loved and accepted. They
are leaving religion because they are discovering that the work Jesus did on the
cross was more than enough. The saints are growing up and discovering how God
meets them in the real world. Christ has been tearing down the walls in their
hearts between "secular" and "Christian" and causing it all to be "Christ."
This revival is not popular because it comes with a hammer and nails, a torch
and a wrecking ball. It comes crucifying our flesh and causing us to die to our
agenda and it comes tearing down all of our man-made religious ideals and
institutions. So of course, this revival is going unnoticed, but if you talk to
those who have been broken by it, you will see that there is certainly a revival
happening. You canít help but see that Jesus has been revived in their lives.
Articles by Loren Rosser