For this Christmas season I have been praying for revival for myself, my family, my church and my community. As I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2 I was reminded that Jesus wants to be known by his children.
He came into this world in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Pretty descriptive and an unusual place for a baby to born. His birthplace was so odd that it would stand out from all the others at that time. To me this screamed that he isn’t hiding. He doesn’t play games with those that want to draw nearer to him. Instead he tells us where he is, what he does and how to grow in him. Jesus wants to be found.
The question then becomes, are we willing to find him? Are we willing to look for him in our everyday? Are we willing to make an effort to get to know him?
Isaiah tells us that he inhabits eternity and is holy, looking to revive the humble and those that are contrite. He goes on to say that sin is the only thing that separates us from God. God’s hand isn’t shortened. He is reaching out to us. (Isaiah 57:15 and 59:1-3)
If you are like me, wanting to be revived and strengthened in Spirit, I encourage you to look to Jesus. Allow today to be the day that revival begins in your soul. Get in his Word. Learn about him so that you will recognize his presence in your life. Pray for forgiveness if necessary, but also just to communicate with the one who lived and died for you. Commit yourself to knowing the One who has known you from the beginning.