I apologize for the long gap in between Revival posts but here we go. If we are going to be a people seeking after the heart of God, then we are going to need to be a people anticipating God’s activity in our lives. Dr. Greenway gave us three concerns to be watchful for in our own hearts.
#1 Avoid Pitfall of Apathy–> This is the attitude of just not caring. Have you ever said concerning the things of God in your life, “I just don’t care.”? What a dangerous place to be. Dr. Greenway compared this type of attitude to a cancer that just spreads. Will we be the type of person to help and encourage our friends if they are like this or will be sucked into that pit and look and sound like them?
#2 Abandon Negative Thinking–> This would be the attitude that expressed itself as “It really doesn’t matter.” This person is usually, if not always, critical. They see everyone’s faults and spend little time in the mirror reflecting on their own heart issues.
#3 Agree to Prepare ourselves with a spirit of Expectancy–> The first two are what we shouldn’t do, but this is the one we should be doing. This person not only cares but they believe it does matter!
Application: What do you anticipate? Are you waking up and praying for the opportunity and availability to be used by God? Yes, even if you have a dreaded test in your future that day, are you anticipating God to use you throughout that day. What about Wednesdays and Sundays? Do you anticipate and expect to hear from God through His Word?
We are one of these three, and if we were honest, we would admit that we cycle through them at different times in our lives. We either don’t care, don’t think it matters, or we are living for Christ and expecting the opportunity to be used by Him. Remember, He said we ARE the salt. He said we ARE the light. He didn’t suggest or encourage, He stated a fact for all those who are true Followers of Christ by faith. So, according the Master, your life does Matter!
We will have down times and struggles, and that’s why we have been given the Holy Spirit and one another with the encouragement from the Word that says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).”