We have covered many subjects in the last 6 months from pandemics to revivals. Revival simply means return to life. It means to return to a life that has been lost. The Scriptures teach us that we are reconciled to God through his Son Jesus Christ. What does that actually mean? The word reconcile means recovering a relationship that has been lost. We hear that word used if a couple who were divorced or have experienced a separation from their mate, then through counselling or through prayer their broken marriage is reconciled. It means to return to the relationship the couple once enjoyed. Often for a marriage to be reconciled there needs to be trust returned and proved, or apologies made from the heart to one another before reconciliation can happen.
It is similar with our reconciled relationship to God. He gave us a way to be reconciled to him through his Son. In fact, through his Son is the only way to be reconciled to God. His Son was sent to earth to die for us so we could have that lost relationship with God restored to what it should have been in the beginning. It is explained best in this Bible verse: Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” This verse clearly states that we were God’s enemies but he makes it possible for enemies to be reconciled to a new relationship of love and life with God. Those enemies were you and me. I decided I wanted to be reconciled in 1977 and made my first step to accepting the gift of God’s Son as my Saviour. When I accepted the gift of His Son, at that moment I was reconciled. However, I needed to learn what that really meant and how to develop a relationship with God through His Son which is revealed in His Word. When I truly quit rebelling against truth and doing things my way, and accepted His way and humbled myself, something happened. There was a sense of something new. It was a taste of new life. I learned later this was the new birth and it was actually an experience of life after death. You see, the Scriptures teach that we are all dead in sin. We are, spiritually speaking, walking dead men until we are made alive and reconciled to God.
Can I urge you all to at least consider that you may be missing something very important in your life. Do you sense that something is missing? For me that sense of something missing was very real at 21 years of age. I had so much but was still empty inside. I had an exciting life of flying airplanes all over the Arctic and North America. I flew some of the richest, well-known people in Saskatchewan to places like Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and other jet set spots in Canada and the USA. I also flew all over the Arctic taking men and equipment to different locations. If you have never been in the Arctic there is something very mysterious and special about that northern region. However, after a bad airplane accident in the summer of 1976, when I almost perished in a crashed burning airplane, I really began to re-evaluate my life goals and priorities. In the summer of 1977, in one of his crusades, I heard Billy Graham preach a series of messages. I usually never watched or listened to preachers but this time I did because I was seeking for something more meaningful and real in life. Mr. Graham said one night that God has created a vacuum in every man and woman that can only be filled only with Himself. What Graham was preaching that night was a truth about reconciliation with my creator. He said you will never be satisfied in life until you invite and allow God to fill that void. You can try to fill it with fun, parties, sports, hobbies, relationships but there is a special place in the heart of every person that can only be filled with God. God sent his Son to fill that void and when we accept the Son, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts with a new cry, a new life and a new joy. It is called the New Birth from above John 3:1-17. I wished there was a way to get everyone in our town to wake up and realize there is a better way, a new life that is actually life after spiritual death and far better than what you think you have now.
Revival is also bringing back to life that which is lost or dead. Today Christianity needs new life. If our country could experience revival, amazing things would take place. Every place where this awakening took place, you would see people infused with new joy and happiness. Marriages would be reconciled, children would be reconciled to parents. Most importantly, and first people would be reconciled to God.
You might be wondering: where do I start? Start by getting a Bible and reading it. The Bible is the manual our creator gave us to discover this new life. The Bible is a book written by the agency of the Holy Spirit that makes it different than any other book ever written. It is a supernatural book of spiritual truth. From it, mankind is able to discover truth and solve the questions of life and death with real answers from the creator himself. The word death most often used in the New Testament is simply a life void of spiritual life, spiritual life that God intended every person to have. Rom 6:23 The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today I returned from a visit to a place not far from North Battleford. I went to look at some farm equipment at an auction – and you never know what the story is behind an auction. Often the story is not a pleasant one. When I arrived, I bumped into one of the farm hands who had worked on the farm and he shared the story of why the auction was happening. This farm auction had the biggest number of John Deere equipment I have ever seen. There was at least 30 John Deere tractors alone as well as all the other farm machinery to run a several thousand acre farm. This farmer obviously liked John Deere equipment and was, clearly able to manage and operate a very large farm operation. I was told he had taken over the family farm from a previous generation and then built it much bigger. He was never married. He also had another business venture in construction that was very successful and had accumulated another yard full of construction machinery, all being sold. This man was in his mid-sixties and one day, driving out of the driveway on a snowy, drifting day, his truck got stuck in the snow. He got out to walk back to his farm, probably to get one of his tractors to plow out the driveway. He did not make it back to the house. Someone found his body about 2-3 days later, frozen in the snow. He apparently had a heart attack and died, leaving everything behind. The Bible says we come into this world with nothing and we carry nothing out. The only thing that will make a difference is if we find the narrow way of eternal life while here. Very few do. It does not matter how much you make or what you become if at the end you leave it all and die without eternal life if you are never reconciled to God through the gift of eternal life. I didn’t know the farmer but I couldn’t help but think of him as I drove home. I thought of this parable that Jesus taught and believe it applies to so many farmers today:
Luke 12:15: And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.Luke 12:16: And he spoke a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: Luke 12:17: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? Luke 12:18: And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. Luke 12:19: And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Luke 12:20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Luke 12:21: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
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