Revival Blog 93
In the secular world, I spent many, many years as an Auditor conducting both internal and third-party audits in many countries around the world. Although it seemed glamorous to many that I spent much of my life on airplanes and running through airports, it was actually a very lonely existence. Alone in hotel rooms, eating alone in restaurants and with a laptop constantly at my side, it seemed like I was never able to leave the job behind.
In addition to this, I was pastoring a church-plant with a wife and three children at home. Additionally, I would often receive snide remarks from pompous Pastors who were on their church payroll that I was not a real Pastor because I also performed secular work! In fact, it was the complete opposite. The commitment required to juggle a secular job where I earned an income to provide for my family and to be the shepherd of the flock was sometimes quite overwhelming. If it was not for my wife being equally committed and extremely understanding, it would not have been possible. Therefore, over the years, I have become less sensitive to the arrogance of the ignorant and realized that God watches over each of us and provides for our daily needs and pours out His blessings upon us in abundant measure. How quickly we forget the words of that old hymn: ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done’.
You may be thinking to yourself, what has this to do with revival and the desire to see thousands upon thousands coming to know Christ as their personal Savior? Well, James very clearly speaks about our faith and concludes that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). For our first Sunday Service in August, I have been preparing a sermon on Noah who was 500 years old when God tasked him to build the Ark, which took 100 years to build. God gave Noah the blueprint and in Gen 7:5, we read that Noah did all that the Lord commanded him to do, no deviation.
You may recall Noah was a farmer by profession and then God added the task of building an Ark and to be a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5). God does not look for men and women who have plenty of capacity, but those who have a heart of flesh and are willing to trust and obey His voice with the utmost obedience. It grieves me to see those in the ministry who treat their position as a career move, others as a revenue stream and others who just want to feed their egotistical prowess. It is my conviction that you should only be in the ministry because you have been called of God and possess a deep-rooted passion for souls who are perishing without Christ.
I am humbled that God has placed His hand upon my life and filled me with a fire for the lost and a sense of destiny, with a heart that often feels the very heartbeat of the Lord. If I flick back to the beginning of this blog, I distinctly remember the occasions when I was so career-minded in the secular world trying to gain prestige, a higher position and a bigger salary, however, I soon realized that it has no comparison to walking with the Lord and serving Him with a pure heart day by day.
Never complain about your workload because He will guide you every step of the way and if we only ever see one person won for Christ, it will be worth it all. Keep praying, keep interceding, because this world is in a terrible mess and the only answer is Jesus. (August 2020).
If you are interested in viewing a video of a live concert of Revival Rivers at Faith Church, Sellersville, PA, please follow the link:
Fast forward to 25 mins and Part 1 of the concert will be viewable.