If you’re like me, you tend to get stuck in the day to day things. If you’re like me, you’re hungry for something more meaningful. If you’re like me, you yearn to live the life that God wants you to, but you don’t know what it looks like. If you’re like me, the adventure that God wants to take you on is right in front of you. I want to share the journey I’ve been on, and maybe, if you’re like me, you’re longing for the same revival I was longing for.
It was 2014. There were ads on the radio, some guy with Revive Tupelo, talking about bringing the church of Tupelo together to equip them to share the gospel. Whenever I heard the ads, I thought, “Well, that’s great, but I think I know how to share the gospel just fine.” Fast forward a few weeks. Wednesday night we drove to a large church called “King’s Gate” that I had only been inside twice. I hadn’t wanted to go, but dad was taking everyone, so I went.
Frankly, what I expected from the meeting was a lot of guilt for not winning someone to Christ every week, and an altar call. But that is not what it was. For a while I sat there not really listening, pouting, and ignoring the conviction I felt. But then a lady got up and told about a time when she went out. It was something I had never heard of, but it intrigued me.
She said that three other people besides herself went to a park, and once there, split up. She and another lady went to the bathroom, and while waiting, God told her to pray for a lady right there in the bathroom. She did and shared the gospel using a color coded bible, and bracelet. The woman ended up getting saved! Then the woman’s little sister came up, and when she saw the bible, exclaimed that another team had given her one just like it a few days before.
Now I was listening! “Wow, I wish that something like that would happen to me!” I thought. As others told their stories of going out and seeing God at work, my longing grew. Then the main speaker asked for Sarah Nations to pray. She was in the audience, and when she stood and prayed, my whole view of Revive Tupelo changed. Her prayer was so powerful, so intimate, I wanted to have as close a relationship with God as she did. I wanted to be revived.
Why hadn’t I wanted to give it a try? Fear, and this thing called pride. Fear that I would mess it all up, and fear of being pushed out of my comfort zone. And then pride. Pride that I knew how to share the gospel, and that I could do it on my own while staying comfortably in my comfort zone. I knew my attitude was wrong, so every time those ads came on, I was convicted.
If you’re anything like me, you’re skeptical about things you don’t know. If you’re like me, pride is your chief enemy. If you’re anything like me, you’re unsure about this whole revive thing. And if you’re like me, all that is between you and the adventure God wants to take you on is fear, and pride.
But maybe, just maybe, if you and I would set aside our pride, and unite behind the one thing that all Christians can unite under, Christ, then maybe we might remember what life is all about, and find out everything God wants to show us about Himself. Will you set aside your pride, and give God a chance? I don’t regret it.