If Jesus is Lord as well as Savior in a person’s life – and I don’t see in the Bible where He can be one without being the other … If Jesus is Lord and Savior then He should be involved in every aspect of our life.
The problem today is that many Christians have compartimentalized their lives. Their life is like an apple pie with the whole pie cut into 8 pieces. We have a piece marked finances, another sex, a third family, a forth leisure activity, a fifth – our work situation, sixth – family, the seventh piece is friends and the eight is Jesus. Jesus gets a slice of the believers life but does not touch the other seven or more areas that are involved in a normal person’s life .. not even the two that His slice of life borders.
Thus a Christian can come on Sunday and worship God and yet on Monday cheat their company out of 8 hours of hard work. They can read their Bibles and yet be sleeping with someone they are not married to. They can watch ungodly entertainment and still say they love the Lord. They can get drunk and yet, on Sunday, express their love for God without thought of repenting for their sin. Each area of life is totally separate from the others and one does not influence or change the other.
As long as we continue to view our Christian faith in this manner there is no fear of God showing up powerfully or of us having a revival.
I like what brother Yun says in his latest book: “Until you realize that the living Jesus Christ wants to be the major part of everything you do, you will not see revival.”
Many years ago when I was first born again the Lord showed me this problem. Back then, even while still very young as a believer and vey immature, I realized that the pie needed to be sliced a little differently. Picture a whole pie – with Jesus at the very center of that pie. A smaller circle in the center of a larger circle. Now, cut the pie (your life) into eight or more slices and Jesus is touching all 8 of your compartments – finances, sex, family, friends, recreation, marriage, church life, and your work situation…to mention a few possibilities. He is touching and influencing every aspect of our personal and public life – as He is at he tip of each piece of the pie.
I learned when first saved that Jesus wanted to be Lord of every aspect of my life. That He wanted to influence, guide and direct all of my behaviour and my actions. He wanted me to center my life around Him. He wanted to be at the center of my life (the inner circle within the larger circle). Thus, what has now spawned a number of ministries – including a Network of Churches and my local Church – was originally called The Community of Christ-Centered Christians.
If we ever hope to see revival in our nations we must return to the concept of Lordship and allow Jesus to be at the core or the center of our lives and influence and impact every aspect of our very existence and daily life!
For that to happen we need to see the Word of the Lord return to our churches. God’s Word is missing. The messages being preached are missing that sharp edge that bring change and releases life. The Word is the truth that will set us free – but it needs to be preached in its fullness first.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Not only is knowledge of God’s Word lacking – but obedience to that Word is lacking. We often do not respond to or act on the part of the Word that we do know and do hear from the pulpit. For Jesus to be Lord and then begin to move and bring revival – instant obedience, obedience without hesitation or question, must become the norm.
When Jesus is Lord and at the center of all areas of life then we will be moved by His Spirit to become involved – personally involved – in seeking and saving the lost worldwide. Why is it that prophetic words on a Sunday during worship always seem to talk about God’s love and how pleased He is with the church? Why don’t we hear words like: “I want to send you to the slums of Asia or the darkness of Africa to be my messenger to people dying in their sin”?
When Jesus is at the center of our lives then we will no longer be satisfied with giving our minimum to God. We will see a great increase in giving as Christians give their maximum to the Lord. Jesus gave His whole life for us, and we give as little of our lives, time and money as we can back to God. What a disgrace! Do I hear the Spirit saying “repent”? Giving to God and His work is a privilege.
When Jesus is at the center of everything we do then He sees a heart that is fully devoted to Him. 2 Chronciles 16:9 talks about this. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
This heart that is fully committed – will be committed to the things that are on the heart of God. I’m talking here of a heart to establish God’s Kingdom in the most gospel-starved and spiritually dark areas of the world, where no one has ever heard the name of Jesus. When we start puting our time, prayers and finances there, we will soon experience God’s blessing on the work of our hands and see revival.
Until the believer – and the Church – obeys the Great Commision and takes the gospel to the ends of the earth, people are just playing with God and are not really serious about the Truth. So why would God send revival?
If we truly want to see God move, then He must be at the center of our lives and involved in everything that we do – touching all aspects of our daily lives. We must become Christ-centered as a people. And, along with this there are two main things we must do – learn the Word of God and act on what God tells us in His Word to do – go into all the world. Then we will see true revival and not before.