I am struck by how easy it is to do this. When God moves and miracles happen, we talk about the miracles. When we've developed our systems and theology in a way that makes sense, we talk about our systems and theology. When something exciting and new happens in our church, we talk about our church. When a new event or movement of God happens, we tell people about the new event or movement. We invite people to come and see the thing rather than staying focused on the King.
I have been grateful for the burden I see in Revive Indiana leaders to continue pointing toward Jesus. Jesus is the One who heals us, delivers us, and saves us. The prayers, going out each day, the events, the miracles, and the music exist only for the purpose of engaging with Jesus and inviting others to see Him. The favor of God is clearly resting in a new way on northern Indiana. He is doing things I never imagined He would do. The Revive Indiana team and the area churches have been faithful stewards of this movement. I don't know exactly what God will do next. But I do know this: If a church fails, if something negative happens with Revive Indiana, God's movement here in this area is bigger than any of our organizations. God will carry forward with whatever it is that He wants to do.
This movement of God is dramatically changing lives, especially in our youth. Pretend kings are being dethroned as the One True King is placed on the throne. These acts of God are breaking down the preconceived ideas of every denomination and church about how God will get things done. For seasoned people of faith, we cannot plan or anticipate this. But we can get involved. We can pray. And we can test everything with the scriptures. Too many times we reject new things because they don't fit with what God has done in our lives in the past. But the witness of scripture is so much bigger than our own theology, traditions, and experiences.
Last Thursday, I was able to participate in an historic, multi-racial gathering of pastors in Elkhart. Why did it happen? It wasn't because of elaborate planning on anyone's part. It happened because God decided it was time for it to happen. And as a result of a few people saying yes to God's timing, walls are starting to break down.
So please come and see. Come and see because we need your help. If you're keeping your distance because you're afraid this thing will go off the rails, come and see. Pray, test it with scripture and help us stay true to the way of Jesus. If you don't live in this area. make plans to come. We'll get plowed out of our snow storm by the end of the day and we'll have room for you. We need you. Not because we want to glorify Revive Indiana. But because we see the glory of God in our midst. We think you'll see it too.
-John M Troyer