As I look at the change of scenery from the frightful wintery season to the vibrant developing colors of spring, I am first of all thankful. Thankful that the long cold spell is finally over and “old man winter” has finally went to bed. I enjoy spring for many reasons. I love the cool nights and the sunny days. It seems that the weather is almost perfect. Not too hot and not too cold. The rain can be dreary at times, but we know that it will not last and is needful for the grass to turn from brown to green and for the tulips and daffodils to pop up and the beauty of color to return to the face of the earth.
While in the midst of spring and reminiscing the Easter weekend my mind is still contemplating the resurrection of Christ our Lord. Thinking about being risen with him on a personal level causes me to also ponder the church as a whole. Do we act like people who are alive? Do we show signs of vibrancy or do we reflect the season of winter where things are still living, but look dead? This has been a burden on my heart for our current generation and when I take a personal look and compare us to the Word and the early church I am grieved. With these things taking place around me the Lord reminded me of a sermon I was listening to a few weeks ago where the minister was preaching out of the passage in Psalms 85:6. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”
The church world today needs an awakening. We live in an hour that is closer to the coming of the Lord than any other church age. Romans 13:11-12 says: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” The winter has been long, but thank God spring is here. The season of new birth and reviving of souls is here. “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps” (Ps. 85:10-13).
While the church embraces mercy, truth, righteousness, and peace in the person of Jesus Christ, new things are happening (at least it is “new” to us, an awakening this generation has never seen). He is saying I am doing a “new thing” in you. It’s time to embrace it with faith and begin to walk in the resurrection power that produces revival in the Church. Revival is here, so spring forth and bask in the former and the latter rain. Allow the presence of God to saturate you and anoint you with his glory. And then grow in Him and shine forth the amazing colors of life in the light of the Son. Rejoice and give thanks unto the Lord, sing praises unto Him, and live in the perfect atmosphere of peace. Abide in your salvation for he has brought unto you new life and given unto you everlasting joy.