Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: World Revival

The world offers it's splendor and we rush upon the plunder, not realizing the dangers of strings attached. 

On Sunday, Pastor preached for a bit on the Mark 4 principles and camped on the choked seed. As I prayed about the avenue to take, I felt prompted to take a walk. I wasn't too far out before I stopped at the flower bed and saw the image that I believe will help put this in perspective. I'm sure many of you are gardeners, so you gather this aspect, but it's always good to have a reminder. 

On this end, we have what appears to be rather fertile soil. Surrounding it, there are not much weeds to cause the flowers issues. The petals are intact (aside from the small damage from the Oklahoma wind). 

On this end, we have what appears to be rather fertile soil. Surrounding it, there are not much weeds to cause the flowers issues. The petals are intact (aside from the small damage from the Oklahoma wind). 

In this patch, you can see that some of the vines have started to overtake the flowers. You almost can't tell the different between the flower petal and the weed-y vines. This is what Pastor was referring to in Mark 4:18. The splendor of the world will choke out the productivity of the plant at hand. You will not be able to tell a difference between the flowers or the thorns (or the vines in this case).  

In this patch, you can see that some of the vines have started to overtake the flowers. You almost can't tell the different between the flower petal and the weed-y vines. This is what Pastor was referring to in Mark 4:18. The splendor of the world will choke out the productivity of the plant at hand. You will not be able to tell a difference between the flowers or the thorns (or the vines in this case).

 

Why does it matter if the productivity is being choked out or not? The splendor of the world is immediately satisfying, so what does it REALLY matter?

"When sinners are careless and stupid and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time for the church to stir itself. It is as much the duty of the church to bolt from its sleep as it is for firefighters to awaken when a fire breaks out in the night. The church must put out the fires of hell laying hold of the wicked. Sleep! If firefighters slept and let the whole city burn down, what would be thought of them? And yet their guilt would be nothing in comparison to the guilt of Christians who sleep while sinners around them sink into the fires of hell." Charles Finney, Lectures on Revival

We, the church, can do all we want: we can build a large place of worship with padded pews, hire out a great worship band, serve coffee and host fun bible studies. But, if we look just like the people we are trying to reach, what is the draw to be different? instead of creating a revival atmosphere by becoming holy just as He is holy and conforming to the WORD and not the world, and allowing the Holy Spirit to draw those that need to know Him; we create an atmosphere of false religion. 

It is important that we seek to be more like Christ. It is not something that we can do on our own, we must pursue Him and meet Him in prayer and relationship with Him in His Word. We must watch what we allow into our bodies. We must take caution. 

Our mandate is to go and make disciples. But we can't make disciples when we don't allow ourselves to be discipled. 

If you missed Sunday's sermon, click here to watch it.