Have you ever had a sample of a food item and that sample was so good that you had to get more of it? I have fallen victim many times at the mall to be one of those "samplers". The smell draws you in and then you have someone that simply asks; would you like a taste? This week to me has been a taste of what being in fellowship with God is like. Am I tired? Yes. But am I wanting more? Yes! The Bible says "taste and see that the Lord is good..." This week may have been your time to taste.
I want to share with you what I saw and have seen before as the fruit of revival.
1. Clean the pallet. Now for us to truly hear and respond to how good God is there are times when we have to "clean the pallet". We can't really enjoy the sweetness of being in fellowship with God and His people if our mouth is filled with bitterness. We can try it out but we will never truly experience what God has in store. So if I could encourage you, I would want you to hear make sure that from this day forward you have clean hands and a pure heart to hear from God. This week may have been a time as pastor said where the closet and compartments were cleaned out. That is great! Just make sure that you are living for God so that the junk doesn't pile up again. The more the bad stuff gets out of our lives the more that we are allowing God to have control. So in eating terms: clean the pallet.
2. Go for the full meal. Have you ever seen this phrase in the Bible: the "fullness of God"? What does that mean? I picture it as the grace of God that is offered freely is for us as a buffet. Light is flashing that reads "all you can eat". This means His grace is available and sufficient. Too often though we want to go to the buffet and get the scraps off the floor. We think we aren't able to eat there or we think that His grace isn't sufficient in our lives. Listen the price has been paid and the buffet is there for you! Eat the best that God has prepared for you! Now with revival we have this time when we see how great the buffet is and yet if we allow the fruits of revival to wane we go back to an old way of living. Our passion is gone. We go back to eating the scraps. If I could encourage you today it would be to keep eating at the buffet of grace provided. Keep living in His grace and know that He is sufficient to take care of your every need. He is able to use you to bring others to experience the buffet as well. He is able to do the impossible through you. We simply have to pull up to the table and experience what God has in store.
3. The time is right! The last four days have been great. The worship was amazing! The preaching was powerful! We were able to see lives forever changed by the work of God. Here is a thought: why not every week? You may have invited more people to church this week than ever before. Why not again? You may have had more gospel centric conversations than ever before. Why not again? You may have prayed more than ever before. You may have read the Bible more than ever before. Whatever your "more than ever before" statement may be. Do not allow it to be only for a few days. See what the new normal is to be. See what your potential is individually to be used to share the gospel and collectively to make a difference for our community. Then let this be not what we strive for but where we realign our lives to be more gospel centered than ever before. Revival begins during these weeks leading up and continues on from this moment. Our lives then begin to reflect Jesus truly "more than ever before"!
Join me in prayer for this Sunday and every Sunday. Join me in prayer for our pastor. Join me in prayer for our daily lives. If we truly desire to "taste and see that the Lord is good" may it not be just for a few days but may we feast on His grace every day.