The Top Ten Reasons Why Christians Need a Revival
By Ronald E. George Jr.
These reasons are based on a passage of scripture taken fromJohn 4.
In a radio address to the nation on Feb. 23, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt said: "No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion, a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to his will for themselves and for their world. I doubt if there is any problem, either, social, political or economic, that would not melt away before the fire of such a spiritual awakening."
10. Christians Aren't Going. (John 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria.) Jesus went through Samaria so that he might have the opportunity to speak to those people who needed him. As Christians we need to revive the legs and feet that have stopped going out to meet the people that need Jesus. Most of us think we are doing well if we make it out to church on Sunday morning. Have you gone?
9. Christians Aren't Drinking. (John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.) Christians have stopped drinking from the Lord's well of life and started drinking from the devil's bottles and cans that can never truly satisfy the soul. Therefore many Christians find themselves trying everything to fill the empty soul that God can fill. Are you enjoying God daily?
8. Christians Aren't Worshipping. (John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.) What? I go to church nearly every week, when I am not busy doing something else. God is looking for people who will worship him in the sanctuary, in the parking lot, at the school, at the job, and at home when no one else is around. Will you worship him in sincerity and truth? One writer notes that:
Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mindset. Worship is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services. Some, with a bent for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. We'll try anything -- until something else comes along.
7. Christians Have Forgotten. (John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.) What do we need to be reminded of? Jesus said that he was the messiah. We need to remember the greatest truth ever told! Jesus is the messiah! He is God with us. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He was with us before we knew. He continues to go with us daily. Have you remembered?
6. Christians Have Put the Cart Before the Horse.(John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,) Did you see that women forget her water jug? Why did she leave it? I believe that it was because she felt urgency concerning the news she had just discovered. Spreading the good news took precedence over the water jug. She had to tell someone now! The long awaited messiah had come! Does God's work take priority in your life? Are we content to throw God the leftovers from over already too packed schedules? Is he your priority? Are you too busy for God? What if he was too busy for you?
5. Christians Have Let the Fire Go Out.(John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?) Can you sense the excitement in this woman's voice as she told the men about her personal experience with the messiah? It has been a long time since I have seen someone get excited about the Lord. We need to rekindle the fire. Pour gasoline on the fire of another and watch the blaze fire you up too. The Apostle Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift. Don't let the fire of God go out in your life. Pour gas on it. Go back to church. Pray. Read the Word of God. Obey the Lord's leading in your life. Have you let the fire go out? Outreach is a task assigned to the church by Christ, but it's easy to lose our sense of urgency when we lose sight of the overall picture.
I am reminded of the digging of the Panama Canal. Over a period of decades, several major attempts failed to finish the job. Finally, one effort carved through the isthmus. How sad the worker who shoveled away without seeing the big picture. How foolish the Yankee laborer who may have been tempted to settle in an improved Panama with railroads and drained swamps and forget about the canal he had been sent to build! This sort of short- sightedness was, in part, why previous efforts failed. And how sad the Christian who lovingly spreads good news, but without a conviction that God's global purposes are to be accomplished. -- Steve Hawthorn, "Penetrating the Last Frontiers," World Christian, March/April 1983, p. 10
4. Christians Have Lock Jaw.(John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.) When was the last time you told someone out side of the church about your experience with the Jesus? We are anxious to talk about everything else, but Jesus. If we have had an experience with him then we should have something to tell others about. If we would share the good news then many of our friends, family, and neighbors, could have the opportunity to believe. Would you share your testimony?
"The Evangelistic Harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities." Billy Graham
3. Christians Won't Gamble. (John 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,) Jesus took a chance on the woman. The woman took a chance on the men of the city. Jesus took a chance on you. You took a chance on Jesus. But then you stopped taking chances and gambling. I am taking a risk giving you this message. How will you receive it? When was the last time you took a chance on God? If you always do what you've always done, then you will always be what you've always been. Could God have more for you? Would you gamble on God? Would you have more to give him?
2. Christians Are Vision Impaired (Blind). (John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.) We can't see the forest for the trees. People are dying all around us on a daily basis. Many of them don't know Jesus. There is a continual flow of souls into the pits of hell. It is time we opened our eyes to the real needs of our county. It isn't better this or that. We need Jesus. They need Jesus. Will you open your eyes to the real needs in our lives?
Someone had made the enlightening comment on John, chapter 4: "Not long ago I was riding with a man through the country. 'Elmer," I said, 'why are those fields so white?' 'Because the wheat is full grown,' he replied. 'Wheat!' I exclaimed. 'I always thought wheat was golden.' 'Yes, it is, except when it's overripe. Then it becomes very light in color.' 'Oh, now I know why the Lord told His disciples that the fields were white. The grain had to be gleaned immediately.'"
1. Christians are sinners. (John 4:42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. If say that we have no sin then we are a liar and the truth isn't in us. Since we are sinners we all need to know Jesus in a personal relationship daily. You are a sinner even if you do go to church every week. You still need to continue to see and to hear Jesus every day. See for yourself. He is real and he will be real to you if you believe.
Have you believed and will you continue to believe that you still need to know the Lord in a personal relationship? If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.