Relationship Of Revival And Evangelism
The central focus of both revival and evangelism is the heart of God. A revived Christian is a person whose heart beats with His heart, whose heart says, "God, I want You; I want what You want; I desire what You desire!" It is a Christian whose heart has returned to its first love, as it says in Revelation, chapter two. It is a person who knows God, who is part of the Body of Christ, who returns to his first love. He says, "Lord, I love You; I want You; I want to obey You; I want to do Your will." Thatís the heart of a revived Christian.
It is on the heart of God and in His will according to the Scripture that none should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). What is in the heart of God is, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). The world is on the heart of God! It is so much on His heart that He emptied Himself, sending His own Son, who clothed Himself with human flesh. His Son was all God and all man, born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit; He lived a sinless, holy life, and was nailed to a cross. Oh, Godís heart beats for a lost world so much that He gave His only begotten Son! A lack of revival is the greatest hindrance to evangelism among Godís people. The reason weíre not reaching the world is because weíve lost our first loveÖ.
Revival brings us back to the altar of God. Revival is that time in our lives when God works and moves in us, where we come and we taste afresh and anew of the grace and the love and the mercy of God, and return to that first love. When we come back to that first love, God will fill us with His love, and perfect love casts out all fear. Itís not that we are some great, courageous people, but we are filled with the very love of God.
The way of revival always leads to evangelism. There is a way of fruitfulness. John 15 talks about bearing fruit. "Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit" (John 15:8). The fruit is the character, the life of Christ. The fruit is that our heart is beating with His heart; we are reaching out to others.
John 15:2 says that when you bear fruit, God prunes you, so that you will bring forth more fruit. There is only one way to get from fruit bearing to more fruit. It is by way of the cross, by the way of pruning. You must allow God to do that deep work in you, and that is where revival comes in. Revival is the time in our lives when God has to do a pruning process, bringing us through the fire, taking out that which is junk and garbage, and putting in that which is holy and that which is pure, making us more like Jesus Christ, having the heart for Him, the heart that He has. Thatís what revival isÖ.