I'll tell you why.
It's because revival is waiting on me.
I'm the one to blame. The Lord's just waiting on me, and then He'll release revival. To my family. To my friends. To my neighbors, my city, my province, my country, my hemisphere, and ultimately, to my world. Revival is waiting on me, and that's why revival tarries.
I know that sounds like a pretty arrogant statement, (and I do say it jokingly), but there is an element of truth in it.
I think this great revival that all us Christians are waiting for is a lot more dependant on us than we realize.
So often, our prayers for revival consist of us asking the Lord to change everyone else so that revival will come. And, don't get me wrong, those are fantastic and needed prayers, as for revival to truly happen other people do need to be changed.
But there's something that keeps nagging at me. Something in the back of my mind; a fleeting thought or vapor of sorts. A glimpse of truth that nags at my conscience, as the Lord's Holy Spirit brings it into the light. It's the idea that revival - this big, huge wave of change where people turn back to the Lord uncompromisingly and permanently - starts with me. That it starts with you. That it starts with us, . That revival has to come to us as individuals before it can (or will) ever touch others.
I feel that before revival will ever touch anything around us it needs to touch us first. If I, if you, if we, entered into a personal revival first and foremost (a "revival of one") - it would change things around us. It would have to. If each of us decided to follow after the Lord with a passion to where our actions, attitudes, and appetites were changed - to where we actually follow and chase after God instead of just talking about it - the world would change.
At the very least, with each of us taking responsibility for bringing revival into our own lives, it would change and prime the atmosphere to the place where the Lord might release revival in our land. If each of us were to become even a little closer to the Lord, the fires of revival would burn that much brighter.
But, so often, I find that my focus seems to be on how the Lord needs to change others for revival to come. Honestly though, I think it's a lot closer to the truth that I need to be asking the Lord to bring revival to me - to ignite a fresh new passion for more of Him in my life - rather than focusing on how everyone around me needs to change.
There are a lot of other factors that contribute to whether or not revival actually comes, but as I've prayed about it, I've come to see that revival is a lot more likely to come to the world around me if I were to be wrapped up in an all-consuming love and desire for my Savior Jesus Christ.
Revival has to start somewhere. And I believe that the best place for it to start is with me. And you, . With us. Where our personal revival spills over into the lives of those around us, until the whole world comes to the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14).
That's one of the reasons, I believe, why revival tarries.
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