I once saw a poster with Lord Kitchener dressed in an army uniform, with his finger pointing to the reader and saying these words, “Your country needs you!” Many years later, I saw on a church notice board something similar; it had someone’s hand pointing to the reader saying, “Revival starts with you!” No matter what way we look at these posters the message is the same, as it roars down through the ages, “Revival starts with you, you are needed in the army of the Lord!”
The bible says in Psalm 85:6 (NIV), “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Additionally, in Psalm 143:11(DARBY) is says, “Revive me, O Jehovah, for thy name’s sake.”
Paul Weller wrote a song called, “Town Called Malice”, which was sung by the group called, “The Jam”, in the late 70’s or early 80’s.
Stop apologising for the things you’ve never done,
Cos time is short and life is cruel –
But it’s up to us to change
This town called malice.
My friend, revival will not happen with people just wishing for it to happen. Our towns will never change unless we go in His name as labourers into the harvest field. It is up to us to grasp the baton of evangelism, to take up the challenge to change our town, or our city in the power of the Lord. Everything comes at a price. Are we willing to pay the price for revival? Regardless of the cost, may we willingly enlist in the army of the Lord, and be labourers in His harvest field.
In Isaiah 6:8, God asks this question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Isaiah, the prophet, responds by saying, “Here am I! Send me.” The Lord is looking for those who will willingly, and obediently, go for Him, into the harvest field. May we be moved with compassion for the lost, to the extent that we will fulfil the great commission and “Go into all the world and preach the gospel…”
The Bible says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Forgive us, O Lord, for our apathy, for our lacklustre approach in reaching the lost. Revive us, O God; let us experience a new holy obedience to your word. In repentance, let us fall on our knees before you for our towns, and our cities. Then let us rise as You call our names to go and work as labourers in Your harvest field, for a mighty end time harvest of souls.
God bless you my friend, Matthew.