This week (3/18-23) we are having special meetings with Evangelist Brent Sivnksty. I am praying that God would do a mighty work in and through His people here at Cumberland Bible Church. I long for God to send us revival. I trust that revival is your desire as well. But in order for revival to come, we, as a church, need to be prepared. Robert Murray McCheyne, nineteenth century pastor in Scotland, had a similar desire for revival in his own congregation. In a letter to the church, he wrote the following:
You also have hindered in great measure God’s work in the parish. First, by your want of holiness. “Ye are the light of the world.” I have often told you that a work of revival in any place almost always begins with the children of God. God pours water first on “him that is thirsty,” and then on the dry ground. But how little has “the word of the Lord sounded out from you!” I do not mean that you should have been loud talkers about religious things. “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, and the talk of the lips leadeth to penury.” But you should have been “living epistles, known and read of all men.”
You know that a lighted lamp is a very small thing, and it burns calmly and without noise; yet “it giveth light to all that are within the house.” So, if you had day by day the blood of Christ upon your conscience, walking as a forgiven and adopted child of God, having a calm peace in your bosom and a heavenly hope in your eye, having the Holy Spirit filling you with a sweet, tender, chaste, compassionate, forgiving love to all the world—oh! had you shone thus for two years back, how many of your friends and neighbors that are going down to hell might have been saying this day, “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God!” Think, my beloved friends, that every act of unholiness, of conformity to the world, of selfishness, of whispering and backbiting, is hindering the work of God in the parish and ruining souls eternally.
And what shall I say to those of you who, instead of emitting the sweet winning light of holiness, have given out only rays of darkness? “I have this against thee, that thou hast left thy first love. Remember, therefore, from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do thy first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Eighth Pastoral Letter, Memoirs of McCheyne)
Let us meditate on these thoughts; prepare our own hearts for revival, and pray for revival. Only God can send revival.
Pastor Don Harrelson