The worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church has, in recent times, been called to earnestly seek the Lord, requesting of Him refreshing and renewal. Right down through history, God has repeatedly called His people to fresh understandings of truth and a renewal of their commitment to Him.
It’s so easy for us to drift, to be distracted and persuaded by the all-pervading power of our surrounding culture. We live in an increasingly hostile environment that stridently voices its antagonism to the Gospel and its values. Also, we are very much aware that sin so easily besets us. Not only voices from outside, but influences within, can subtly but surely draw us away from our love and zeal for Christ.
These are not times for half-heartedness and apathy but rather for surrender, for renewed commitment to our Lord and His truths for our lives.
The times demand that we have a deep love for our Saviour, are Spirit led and filled with zeal for our Father’s business. These are not times for half-heartedness and apathy but rather for surrender, for renewed commitment to our Lord and His truths for our lives.
I had the privilege of being at the General Conference Annual Council last year when the call was given for the Church to pray earnestly for revival and reformation. It was a moving time of prayer, recommitment and, yes, confession; of making things right between the leaders. Let us pray that our churches will experience a renewed love for Christ and His Word and, consequently, be revitalised and renewed.
Whenever the Church has rediscovered truth and experienced renewal, it has resulted in a new passion for the mission of the Church. We clearly need to ask the Spirit to reveal those things within us that need to be renewed. But genuine revival will not be just a time of introspection. It’s a time when we look away from self and look to Jesus, our perfect righteousness, and ask Him to give us a big vision—to be bold and daring in our thrilling work of telling the world that the Jesus who has come and paid for all our shoddy ways, is coming back again.