Present & Future

Acts 2:42 & Nehemiah 4:9
By: Sarah Robins, Vice President of Sales & Client Relations, Vanderbloemen

Past, present, and future. Each of us has a natural orientation to one of these tenses. Future is mine. I’ve always been drawn to what is to come or what could be. If your orientation is in the present, then “living in the moment” is your specialty. And, if you are past oriented, history will always be your guide for what is to come or what could have been. I say all of this, because I wonder if an Awakening needs draw from all three of these orientations.

What have the great Awakenings of the past taught us?

How can we better devote ourselves to “teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” from Pentecost? (Acts 2:42)

Or, if we consider the work of Jonathan Edwards it’s almost impossible not to compare some of the situational similarities to his time and ours. At the start of “The First Great Awakening” life was easier than it had ever been before, science was advancing quickly, and communication across oceans was faster and more accessible than ever. That feels very familiar, no?

What do we need to be paying attention to right now?

Where is God moving locally here in Houston? It is incredible to me that he is continuing to call pastors and his people to plant churches. This is undoubtedly the most difficult job in ministry. Can we seek out and celebrate the work already being done here daily? Where is there an awakening bubbling up in your community or in the hearts of those around you?

Let’s not miss the chance to rejoice in the work happening here and now. Even more so, let’s not miss the chance to fan those flames.

Where are we going from here?

How can we live, pray, and work towards a great awakening in Houston? I love that we serve a God of action. “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Nehemiah 4:9)

He calls us to pray and act. There is much to be done if we want an awakening in our city. Let’s make God sized plans and see them through! Let’s continue to collaborate with one another and press forward with this mission!

Prayer

God, open our eyes to the work you’ve done before us. Give us wisdom to learn from our brothers and sisters in the past. Open our eyes to the work you’re doing now and today. May we celebrate and be inspired by your daily renewal and sanctification. Lord, open our eyes to the work you have ahead. Show us the path forward. Give us endurance and a clear plan to awaken this city for your glory. In all things we ask that your Kingdom would come and that your will would be done.