Revive- to return to consciousness or life: become active or flourishing again. When you look over your life the past several years how would you describe your walk of faith? Would you describe it as vibrant or surprising- not knowing what God is going to do next? Maybe you would describe your walk as routine and predictable. Hopefully, you do not describe it as still, unmoving and stale.
We’ve just been encouraged by Pastor Russell Rogers and the Erwin’s last week to experience the life God has planned for us, to kick out of the hum-drum life of faith and flourish again. Spring has just begun and we are seeing new life all around. Baby birds are chirping, trees are budding, flowers are blooming and the grass is growing again. The winter is gone and with it are the cold, colorless, bare scenery. Signs of life are easily seen. But is the life in you easily seen?
Revival doesn’t come by attending scheduled services a particular week of the year. Every evening the flower’s bulb closes and reopens to receive the sun the next morning. When it receives the sun it shines in beautiful color and stirs those who see its beauty. Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
The only way we reflect the light is that we receive the light from the Son. The beauty of the earth testifies that God is. The beauty of the believer is the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control that God has placed in you. Every day we awaken to the newness of life and can reflect the Father’s love to others. What do you see when you look at yourself? God has provided you with everything you need. Salvation, His Spirit, His power, and His word are your tools. You make the decision to pick them up and use them every day or leave them alone. The choice is yours.
I hope that you have been revived. I continue to pray that the Spirit of the Lord will fill you to overflowing and that others are blessed by you. I pray that you would say, “Yes,” to the Spirit’s prompting to do things you’ve never done and watch to see what God will do. I pray that you flourish in your walk of faith in God. He’s got a plan for you and it’s not on the sidelines. Let’s get out into the world and let our lights shine so that men may see our good works of faith and glorify God in heaven.
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