I’ve been pondering the Revival or Refining question for a few days. Thanks to each of you who reacted to this post.
A friend on FaceBook posted a comment that simply said “Both”.
His response resonated with me. I believe he is correct.
God’s church is the people! So when we consider anything the church is experiencing we need to consider what the individuals are experiencing.
Refining happens when we submit to changes God wants to make in our lives. These changes should be happening to all believers regularly. Then those changes should bring about revival within us. We should be strengthened, changed and desire to be closer to God.
Refining may have gotten a hard wrap. People tend to consider it something negative. Sometimes the process is difficult, but that may be the result of our resistance. The results of refining are what most of us desire.
- To be free from impurities
- To be free from moral imperfection
- To improve or perfect
- To be free from what is coarse, vulgar or uncouth
If these things are going on in your life, you are changing. Those changes are reason enough to celebrate “revival”.
Here’s the definition for revival so you can see if it might already be occurring in your life:
- An improvement in the condition or strength of something
- An instance of something becoming popular, active or important again
I think The Church should be ready for both “refining” and “revival”. We should encourage one another to submit to the refining and live in revival!