Thy Kingdom Come

One of the hymns that I grew up on had these words for the last stanza and chorus:

Revive us again.

Fill each heart with thy love.

May each soul be rekindled

With fire from above.

 

Hallelujah!  Thine the glory.

Hallelujah!  Amen.

Hallelujah!  Thine the glory.

Revive us again.

I recently concluded a message series that had the objective of proclaiming a need for us to be revived by God.  I believe this to be a daily, ongoing process.  It is not period centric or momentary but the continual work of the Holy Spirit drawing us closer to God’s heart and will.  Revival is about bringing each of us and our faith community to the fullness of life that God desires for us.  Why?  For what purpose?

The answer is simply that God’s kingdom might come to earth as it is in heaven.  The mission of the church is to participate in the coming kingdom of God – to be facilitators of the emerging reign of God.  This implies that we are active participants or neighborhood missionaries.  The North American continent is the new mission field for the Christian movement.  The mission field is now our neighborhoods and we are being sent there to build relationships with people who are living apart from the forgiveness and grace of God.  The revival we seek is in our own hearts – an awakening to the reality that we no longer live in a nation with a common set of Judeo-Christian values.

In other words we need to start dreaming and living into something that is grander than ourselves – we need a God-sized vision.  This implies that we are incapable of achieving this on our own; it is a dream that will take the power of the Holy Spirit for it to materialize.  Part of God’s vision is to use us – our influence through relationships to influence others.  The influence God wants to use is grounded in our belief in Jesus Christ as our savior and in our obedience to Him as our Lord.  As we grow in our understanding of God in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we will come to know our passion and our purpose – to multiply.

The tangible work of the church is to expand the circle of God’s earthly kingdom.  Our revived lives will point the way to new life through God’s acts of forgiveness and grace.  Through our enlivened hearts and presence we will pronounce God’s desire to grant new life to the world.  So what are you doing about it?

Lord's Prayer

Prayer is the leading activity in this endeavor.  We begin by confession – asking God to cleanse us; purge us of our sin and selfishness.  We follow-up with submission to God’s desires for our lives; praying that God’s Spirit fill us and lead us into our neighborhoods.  Then we stride alongside God with our eyes wide open to the people and situations around us looking for divine appointments.  This is a bold prayer life – a revived prayer life that will lead you to active fellowship with God and the people God is trying to reach.  Will you be bold enough to pray?  Will you be bold enough to participate in the coming kingdom of God?

Blessings for the journey.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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