Matthew 5:16 – “...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
By: Randy Dane, Equipping Pastor/Mid County Campus Pastor, Brazos Pointe Fellowship
April 22, 2018
There are many factors that revival is contingent upon; most significantly the move and power of God! As the power of God waits ready for His church, there are many church related reasons for why revival is delayed. Those reasons are many, but one of the most notable is the kind of prayer effort we are engaging in during this emphasis. Prayer is critical and cannot be overstated, and yet there are undoubtedly more factors at play.
Revival requires focus. Yes, hearts focused in prayer, but also minds focused on eternity, sermons focused on the gospel, and local churches focused outward. When revival comes, the inward focused church will sit on the sidelines watching what God is doing around them – rather than through them.
So, let’s allow Jesus’ words to focus our churches. Matthew 5:13-16...
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Awakening will happen here when salty churches, made up of salty disciples, shine the light of God through gospel inspired love expressed in good deeds and communicated with grace. The kind of revival we are praying for is accomplished through awakened outward focused churches.
God is at work in our world! He has established His churches in our communities to be a representation of Christ. Outward focused churches seek to flavor and shine from inside the trenches of the culture rather than as a force outside the culture. Outward focused churches do not think in “us against them” terms. They recognize that Jesus is making us salty and filled with light for the sake of others. Let’s follow Jesus’ words and His example, and pray for churches that Jesus can be seen in, so that others will glorify our Father in heaven with us.
Lord, we pray that you will fix our eyes on Jesus and focus our efforts and actions on others. Awaken your church; make her a salty and selfless representation of Jesus. I pray that you would bless greater Houston with healthy outward focused churches that love, serve, and speak truth to every man, woman, and child in our region and beyond. Thank you for allowing us to join you in your work inside the world.