By Keith Manuel, LBC Evangelism Strategist
The theme of Awaken is resonating in the hearts of Louisiana Baptists and the Gospel is piercing the hearts of the unsaved.
For almost a year, we’ve been praying, pleading and preparing – asking God to do a mighty work in us. Sometimes we are seeing the evidence of that work in individual lives. At other times, God is moving in churches and communities.
I recently saw the miracle of awakening in Buddy Calhoun’s life.
A friend of his had witnessed and ministered to Buddy during a period of personal crisis. Through these events, he was emotionally and spiritually broken.
I had the privilege of sitting with Buddy as he called out to God for salvation. Part of his prayer went something like this: “God, I’m all in. I’m done. I’m tired of living like this. I want to live for you.”
While we cry out for God to bring His great salvation to the hearts and lives of our neighbors and the world, we have to remember our part. Like the Apostle Paul, we must embrace the role of an ambassador for Christ, “certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God’ (2 Corinthians 5:16, HCSB).
To embrace the role of ambassador, we have to surrender our lives to Christ. The principle is realized in not merely converting to something, such as a religion. It is realized in following someone – exclusively – namely Jesus. We become His disciples.
Part of the role of a disciple is taking the time to be equipped to serve. The Bible states that Jesus provides leaders in his Church “for the training of the saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-12, HCSB). As leaders, we serve by equipping. As disciples, we are equipped to serve.
One of our state leaders has provided a new equipping tool to allow our Sunday Schools or Small Groups to focus on disciple-making.
Awaken and Go (www.LBC.org/AwakenAndGo), developed by LBC Sunday School/Discipleship strategist, Sean Keith, calls for Small Groups to do three things: 1) Care for each other; 2) Care for the lost; and 3) Care for the world.
The emphasis starts with the disciple-making hub of the church and drives the group to the highways of the world. Keith wrote, “When my life is transformed by God, everything I say, everything I do, everywhere I go changes too.”
When God moves, He always moves through the hearts and the hands of His people. It would be glorious if God moved in such a way that Louisiana Baptists saw revival fires raging on every bank of every bayou in every corner of our state.
It would be more amazing if those revival fires overflowed the levees of Louisiana and ran throughout our nation and world.
Don’t stop praying, pleading and preparing for an Awakening. Who knows?
Revival may begin in you.