Summary: Has your relationship with Christ grown cold and distant?
Return To Your Fist Love
God wants to send real revival! More than just a banner stretched outside a church
building, more than just a few conversions, more than just a temporary rush of emotions
and more than a gathering like we have here this morning. God wants and God desires to
send real revival. He wants to send the kind of revival that finds individuals radically
allowing their lives to be changed. He desires to send the kind of revival that invades the
homes of our families and heals the hurts that we have thrown on each other. He yearns
to send the kind of revival that finds entire cities falling under the canopy of His glory!
Why do we so often approach the level of revival that God desires and that we dream
about but never quite get there? It is as if we are missing one ingredient. I’ve come to the
conclusion that the missing ingredient is true unity. It is God’s catalyst for revival.
When a recipe is created, there is often a single catalytic ingredient that triggers or initiates
significant change when it comes into contact with the remainder of the ingredients. If
that catalyst is missing from the recipe, then the whole cake flops. I remember when I was
first learning how to cook, I failed to understand the difference between baking powder
and baking soda. Well for those of you who don’t go near the kitchen except to go see
what is in the fridge, let me clue you in on what can happen with the wrong ingredient. It
is the difference between a cake rising as it should and filling the house with its flavorful
aroma, and one that smells good but doesn’t look or taste as it should. One small
ingredient can make the difference between success and failure, between victory and
Friends, here this today we have the opportunity to get the recipe right. We have the
opportunity to understand God’s plan for us, for you and for me, I praise Him that He
desires to be here this morning, that He desires to invade us tright now, and that He
desires a personal relationship with each of us so greatly, that He sent His son Jesus Christ
to die on a cross in payment of our sins! Thank you Lord! for being here today!
In God’s Word is the only unanswered prayer of Jesus! Jesus’ unanswered prayer is very
simple and is repeated no less than five times in John chapter 17. It happens in verse 11,
and in 20 - 26. That prayer, that desire, that plea from Jesus to the Heavenly Father is that
“we may be one”. I have found that anytime something is repeated in the Bible, that it is
signifying importance and that it is a value or a lesson that we need to understand and to
store deep within us. Five times this prayer of Jesus is repeated. Now if something is
important enough to be repeated five times, well, I think and hope that you get the picture
that this is a key desire of Jesus.
Unity comes in many forms, some of which come to mind almost immediately and some
that need to be dug up from deep places in us. Lets look at a few examples that I thought
What about snowflakes, you remember those things that fall from the sky in the winter
and as kids we love because they might cancel school. And now that we are parents we
abhor for that very same reason that they might cancel school! Individually or a few at a
time they are pretty to watch as they fall, but they have no real effect on us. But allow
millions to gather and they can stop traffic, shut down entire regions for days at a time or
even kill as they avalanche down the sides of mountains.
Or what about the fingers on your hand. Individually they can show direction, show
numbers and even make profane and vulgar gestures. But now put them together and
you have dynamite. Look at Mike Tyson. What do you think would happen if Tyson
could not put his fingers together to make a fist? I doubt seriously that he would be the
most feared heavy weight fighter of all time. For it is when those fingers come together
that they suddenly have great power and the capability to punish greatly.
But they can only punish when a master controller is in control. When I allow God to use
me, all of me and you allow God to use you, all of you then great things with power and
might can happen.
I want to take a look at five areas that God desires to bring unity to. Five areas that if we