Amber Knowles, Sojourn Heights

Amber Knowles, Sojourn Heights

Tuesday, Revival In Our Families

John 12:24

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John 12:24: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit”

New life is painful. Just ask my expanding mid-section. 

Bearing a child is uncomfortable and birthing a child is downright painful, but it’s all part of a beautiful and natural process—life forming life. And that’s just the beginning. The process of raising and shaping and discipling new life is marked by daily death-to-self. Everything changes, and rightly so. We lay aside our freedoms and preferences so that others can live.

But this isn’t just true of new parents. All Christians are called to this life of self-giving love (2 Cor. 6). We fulfill this calling as we serve one another, submit to one another, and care for the widow and the orphan.  Spiritual multiplication, just like bearing a child, doesn’t come without death, but, it too, is always worth it.

When sin entered our world, the blessing of bearing fruit and multiplying was hijacked by pain, bitterness, anxiety, loss, and death (Genesis 3). We are incapable of creating new life—we are incapable of revival—apart from God. But the good news is this: Despite our failings and inabilities, God promises that He will love, bless, and multiply His people (Deuteronomy 7, Jeremiah 30). Through every new physical birth, through every new spiritual birth, through every new church planted, God is loving, blessing, and multiplying His people here in Houston. 

Sin and death won't have the last word (1 Cor. 15:54-55; John 16:33). By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can follow the example of Christ, suffering faithfully to see our sins put to death. We can even rejoice in our discomforts and momentary afflictions because that’s precisely how God brings new life! So then, I can bear the pains of childbirth and press in on the difficult days of parenting knowing that the pain is nothing compared to the joy. We can all bear the pain and discomfort of following Christ because we look forward to seeing the Kingdom come in Houston. 

Prayer

God give us grace to raise new life within our homes. Give us grace to shepherd new life in our churches. As Christ was buried and raised in order to give us life, give us grace and humility to lay our lives down for the sake of kingdom expansion and revival in our homes and in our city.