As I look around at churches and at Christians, I sadly must report that I do not believe that most Christians are revived. In fact, I honestly must say that I doubt most Christians today have ever seen one, either, and many other preachers I know agree. While I have attended some revival meetings lately, I cannot honestly say that I felt that there was a true revival in those meetings – the kind that only the Holy Spirit can produce.
I am not seeking in any way to belittle those churches or pastors, and I cannot set myself up as a standard. However, the truth is that we Christians need to see much more happening in our churches and in America than what is happening now. If there is any hope for either, we must get revived.
There is little doubt amongst many Bible-believing preachers that we are in the Laodicean church age, spoken of by John in Revelation 3:17,18: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
John’s description (really the Lord’s description) of that particular church age is not a good one. It shows a church where the world seems to have impacted it more than the church impacted those around it. The people in it were more concerned about their own welfare rather than the welfare of those around them. They also had become comfortable in this world, rather than being pilgrims traveling through it.
A pilgrim, like Abraham, sees himself or herself as someone who is merely passing through this life, headed for a better one. They are not trying to earn their way, because Christ has already fully provided it for true believers. Hebrews 11:14,15 tells us that people who call themselves pilgrims or strangers here “declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.”
If we are truly pilgrims in that sense, then we need a different set of values, goals, and riches than what the world offers. Christ’s solution to the Laodicean church’s problem was: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
True pilgrims need to travel light, and not be bogged down with the problems and burdens this world presents to us. As we let Him open our eyes to the things He desires for us to be and to do, and to live for that “better country, that is, an heavenly,” we will discover that “God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
Oh what a day that will be when we see Him, and to know that He is not ashamed of us! If seeing Him does not excite you, my Christian brother or sister, revival is needed. We cannot please Him as we ought, souls will not be won, and rewards will be lost, if we are not revived. If you are not sure what that means, look at how the Christians of the New Testament lived. They boldly proclaimed His Name that others might also be saved and become part of the family of God!
Are you revived? May God help us to seek His face until we are. May He help you and me to not be part of the indifferent Laodicean church where Christ Himself was found to be outside – forgotten, ignored, and wanting to bless but unable to do so.
He waits for us to invite Him to be Lord (Boss), and when He is, He will revive and use you and me to have a greater impact on those around us.
Evangelist Mike Valles
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