Is revival waning?
SPRINGFIELD, MO. People want to know: Are churches
in the United States still experiencing revival or renewal? They want
to know if altars are still filled with new converts and if tears
of repentance are still seen on the faces of believers.
Some inquire out of curiosity, because much of the media
attention has faded. But others ask out of disappointment, because,
on the surface, the Holy Spirit doesnt seem to be moving as
powerfully in their churches. They wonder if revival has waned everywhere.
Its unfortunate that we tend to measure the work
of the Spirit by what is occurring in a church across town or one
2,000 miles away. The Holy Spirit is at work in every rural community
and every urban center. Countless thousands are coming to Christ and
receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. There is unprecedented interdenominational
cooperation and a thriving prayer movement. Congregations are reaching
out to the lost in innovative and compassionate ways. Without question,
churches are experiencing the presence and power of God.
But some ask if this deserves to be labeled "revival."
Quite frankly, how we tag an outpouring of the Spirit is insignificant.
Let someone else affix the labels and debate the nuances. There are
more important questions that deserve our attention: What can we do
to experience greater intimacy with God? What steps can we take to
see the Holy Spirit move in a greater way in our church and family?
And what can we do to reach more people for Christ?
The Holy Spirit is not slothful or inactive. He is with
us, beckoning us to seek more of Jesus. But, regrettably, we inhibit
the work of the Spirit in our lives and churches when our hunger and
Is revival waning? There is a more timely and personal
question we should ask ourselves: Is there anything in my life preventing
me from becoming more like Jesus?
If so, let me encourage you to make an altar where you
are and allow tears of repentance to flow from your heart. Your humility
and confession may be the beginning of a fresh outpouring in your
and in your church.