Is ‘the coming revival’ the answer for a weak and listless church?
“Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.” (Philippians 2:10)
Many people believe the coming revival is the answer for an ailing church. I disagree! True revival will ultimately be the response of heaven to an obedient church. It is not the remedy for the obstinate and rebellious people. When the glory of God falls all knees will bend but not all will remain bent. The knee that bows to Christ only under duress is not the one with which He builds a kingdom.
Whether we use the imagery of a kingdom or a marriage, it comes down to the same issues. A man does not relish an unwilling bride. God is uninterested in unwilling subjects and Jesus is no different. He waits for a committed and eager bride. The bride the Father is preparing for His Son will not be forced into compliance. She will be willing! This is part of the meaning in the prophetic declaration to the generation of Jacob who ‘seek His face'(Psalm 24:6).
This is a people defined by a ‘readiness to do your will oh God'(Psalm 40:8, Hebrews 10:9). When He says ‘seek my face’, they will(Psalm 27:8). Their immediate and instinctive reply is ‘your face Lord I will seek’. They do not need threats or ten good reasons to do so. They will be volunteers in the day of His power(Psalm 110:3). The coming revival is not to produce such a people but to release them.
The problem with revival and an unwilling people is one of permanence. Like a branch of tree pushed out the way, it immediately springs back.
When revival strikes a disobedient and unbelieving people, it will leave just as fast as it came. The same can be said for the Coming Revival. It cannot remain when hearts refuse to change. This does not mean nothing is accomplished. But just like the temporary revival under Josiah, changes cannot last. Reforms were adopted on the command of the king, only to be quickly reversed in his absence. This is the evidence of an unyielded people.
He does not want a reluctant people. He longs for the ones who fully believe His ways and who have a reckless passion to draw near to Him. These do not see Him merely as a means to a blessing. They know through and through He is righteous and altogether lovely. They love the very sound of His voice and tremble at His Word. Their praise rises without compulsion as with fixed vision their hearts are set upon Him. The coming revival is a gift of empowerment to these.
The days of man feeling He is doing God a favor are passing away. God is not looking for accommodation as though He needs our measured homeage. We do ourselves a favor when we align with Him. By align I do not mean momentary acts of service but a life yielded. This will emerge from souls convinced of His vast superiority. It was said of Jesus ‘ I delight to do your will’. This is the posture of the wise. It is the only disposition of those who realize his ways are right and His judgments are true. The coming revival is for them. It is a great day of empowering for those who know Him to reach those who do not.