The Calvary Road #11 – Revival in the Home
Thousands of years ago, in a most beautiful Garden, lived a man and a woman. Made in the image of their Creator, they lived solely to reveal him to the rest of creation and to each other and thus glorify God every moment of the day.
They humbly accepted themselves as created people in submission to their Creator. Because they always submitted their wills to God, and lived for him and not for themselves, they were also completely submitted to each other.
In that first home, in that beautiful garden, they experienced harmony, peace, love, and oneness not only with God, but with each other.
Then one day that harmony was shattered, because temptation and sin crept into their God-centered home. Because this couple lost their peace and fellowship with God, they also lost it with each other.
They no longer lived for God. They each lived for themselves. They had become their own gods. Discord and dishonor took over harmony and love.
Since sin came first into the home, as we experience spiritual renewal and revival in ourselves, the next place we live out our transformation is in our homes. But that’s not easy.
1 Corinthians 13 can both challenge and guide us – bringing God into our relationships at home – between husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister, others in the same household.
Love is patient, love is kind. No more impatience. No more unkindness in the way we answer back or react.
Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. No more envy between husband and wife, between brother and sister. No more thinking we know best. No more superior attitude.
Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. No more blaming and shaming. No more demanding our own way. No more overreaction. No more lack of forgiveness.
Brokenness is the opposite of hardness. Hardness says, “It’s your fault,” or, “I was wrong, but so were you.” Brokenness says, “I am sorry. I was wrong. Will you forgive me?”
Continuous revival is experiencing the life of Jesus filling us and flowing through us at home. Demonstrating fellowship and oneness with those with whom we live. Nothing between us and God, and nothing between us and others. Our hearts overflowing with the life God intends in our home.
Picture this: Real oneness is two or more sinners together at the cross.
~ Pastor Dave