Revival has been a hot topic over recent weeks. Starting with the two-weeks-long worship service at Asbury University, followed by other spontaneous gatherings showing the outpourings of the Holy Spirit, and the release of the movie Jesus Revolution.
Some say the Jesus Revolution revival ended in 1972. I was saved under Chuck Smith’s preaching in 1973. The thousands of us who came to Christ in the next couple of years following that would beg to differ; I have a strong spiritual connection to that revolution. Without it, I may not have heard the gospel. No doubt, God could have used another avenue to reach my heart. But he used Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel.
Are we at the beginning of a new revival like the events surrounding Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Chuck Smith, and Greg Laurie?
I suppose only time will tell whether we will see waves of new Christians and whether those who were saved or recommitted to Christ will continue to grow in their faith—the true rearview mirror test of revival.
I appreciate Christians like Greg Laurie, who are reminding us that revival starts in each of our hearts—my heart, your heart. Am I recommitted to studying Scripture, having a meaningful prayer life, fellowshipping with the saints? Are you?
These aren’t new ideas. They are age old. I want to look at them afresh and on hold fast to:
God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 CSB)
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8 CSB)
Who’s with me?