You have undoubtedly heard of revivals such as the Great Awakening, the Methodist Revival , or even the Moravian Revival with Count Zinzendorf. But are you familiar with the revival that takes place every time you practice Christian visitation?
Revivals are often described in terms of a “visitation from God.” J.I. Packer said, “Revival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God’s near presence and holiness.”
To be honest, most visitations that we practice today do not bring revival of any sort. Going over to a friend’s house to watch the game or visiting your parents for a home-cooked meal isn’t really restoring a deep sense of anything related to God.
True Christian visitation, however, is an embodiment of 1 Corinthians 5:20 which says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
When you visit others in the name of Christ, you bring God’s care – His eyes, hands and touch to people who need it most. When you visit others in the name of God, God is visiting through you. Don’t misunderstand, you don’t become God in any way, but as His eyes, His hands and His feet you represent God’s care and compassion to the world around you.
This is exactly what Moses did when God sent him to free the people of Israel. God heard the cry of the people of Israel, He saw their suffering (Exodus 3:7), so He sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10). He sent Moses to be a part of a revival . . . He sent Moses to visit the Israelites on His behalf.
Do you want to be used by God to start a revival? You don’t have to be a dynamic preacher or top-leader in a dynamic ministry. You only have to be willing to visit others as a messenger available to God.
If you viewed each and every one of your opportunities for Christian visitation as an opportunity for God to spark revival in someone’s life, how would you visit differently?
- Would your attitude change in anyway?
- Would you look for more opportunities to visit?
- Would you make your actual visit more about Christ and less about the weather?
- Would you seek to understand and experience God’s holiness in your own life while helping others to understand and experience it?