Spiritual awakening begins with the individual. Every great awakening began with an individual or a small group of believers who took Jesus at His word. As individuals, they turned from the Christian religion to an intimate fellowship with Christ.
We pray for revival in our country, but what we need is a revival of Christians. Our churches are dying because we have assumed the world will come to us instead of we bringing Jesus to them. We are still trying to attract people to our church.
It’s Not About the Show
We think if we can produce the right environment with highly produced worship and the perfect message, the world will come knocking. We are competing on the wrong field. The world will always be able to produce a better show than the church. We don’t need to offer a better show, we have a better life, we have a Savior.
Spiritual awakening is moving from being a Sunday morning consumer to a seven day a week servant. It’s living the Jesus life empowered by the Holy Spirit and bringing the Kingdom of God into every situation of life. Evangelism is allowing the Jesus life to overflow in such a way that those around us become thirsty for the God we serve.
The Jesus Life
The first-century church changed the world by living the Jesus life to it’s fullest. They didn’t have a strategic plan, political power, or even a large financial base. They changed their world through the power of Christ living and flowing through them.
We have traded the freedom and power of the Jesus life for a well oiled Sunday production and low commitment consumerism. No wonder people are unimpressed, they can stay home and watch a better show on HBO.
Dallas Willard said, “We become mere spectators and consumers of holy things, not participants in the life Jesus is now living on earth, and we lose meaningful discipline.”
Spiritual awakening begins when we realize it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Meaningful discipleship is allowing the Jesus life to flow freely through me. It is getting off the bench and stepping onto the field so Christ can use me.
It’s not signing up for a new program, or beginning a new Bible study. It’s not about volunteering more or doing my best. Begin a disciple of Christ is walking close to Jesus. Spiritual awakening is staying so close to Jesus that His love, passion, and power begin flowing through you.
As we pray for spiritual awakening, let’s pray God begins with us. Let’s pray the Jesus life is released in our life. When the prophet saw into the throne room of heaven his response was “Here am I send me.” God empower us with Your presence, then send us into the world to live the Jesus life before a world which is desperately in need of the love, forgiveness, and salvation Jesus offer.
Father, today, live Your life through me. I pray You will so fill me with Your presence that it becomes evident to those around me. Free me from thinking Sunday morning is all there is to the Christian life. Begin a spiritual awakening in me that overflows to everyone around me. Today, live Your life through me. Let me walk so close to You today that Your power and love is released in every situation and every conversation. Live Your life through me today.
In Jesus Name,
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Are you living the Jesus Life?