Thursday, May 23, 2013

For the pod: Revival and a call to the nations


Too long we have been waiting on one another to begin. The time for waiting has passed. The hour of God has struck. War is declared. In God’s holy name let us arise and build. The God of heaven will fight for us.  We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of  Christ, and the gates and minions of Hell shall not prevail against us.  Should men such as us fear?
Before the whole world, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God. We will venture our all for Him. We will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man, and when we come to our position we realize the battle is already won and the end of the glorious campaign is in sight because we will have the real holiness of God. Not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts, we will have a masculine holiness. One of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.
~C.T. Studd

A revival is a revival when individuals get gripped by the great commission. This happened with the birth of the Victorian missionary movement and nutty men and women in frocks and tweed suits set off to share the gospel with the world taking their coffins with them.

I spoke to a group of Christian's this week and told them I think everyone should have a favourite missionary. If you don't have one here are 62 to choose from. One of the first books I read after my conversion was a little book by John Pollock called 'On fire for God' which tells a different missionary story in every chapter.

My favourite missionary is C T Studd not least because he uses excellent expressions like 'namby-pamby'.

If you get the chance listen to this talk called 'Why the great commission is great' and at the start you will hear that stirring C T quote. The man was bonkers but was used mightily by the Lord. May there be more like him in our day and if they arise we can then start speaking about revival. It will take us more than our flashing lights, trendy musicians and catchy choruses to complete the great commission. It will actually require some of us to go.

As it stands, six thousand people groups remain unreached.

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