You know, sometimes revival is weird…like the way Jesus chose to introduce Himself to humanity. Like our Lord’s First Coming, revival usually—after a long hiatus—erupts again like a dormant volcano off the beaten path. Like it was so inactive for so long, everybody forgot that it was even a lava-spewing fire mountain. But why, why does God chose to use a strange backdrop for an anointed Awakening? Probably for the same reason He uses thoroughly unlikely characters for His greatest work.
Weird. It got me thinking: he probably won’t uses one of those Tom’s shoe-wearing hipster ministries with a fantastic website to usher in revival. No, we would see that coming…because its “cool.” And maybe, I don’t know, He won’t use beach bums and surfers in California this time. Not to knock those guys, I mean they spawned me. I just don’t see Jesus working the same way all the time, especially in revival history…it seems they swing back and forth from incredibly polar ends of the spectrum.
Like, last time time the hippies mostly got saved outside the church in kind of a counterculture movement. Yet, to me and many other heralds of revival, it seems that an interior revival in the “House of God” is the tall order of the day. The church NEEDS woken up. The believers NEED a shot in the arm. The elect need to be reminded that they are chosen to be USEFUL unto their God, not just “chosen.” Then, O’ sweet Lord, will we see sinners fall into the hands of the Living God.
So yeah, I hope it happens off the beaten path, in a little frozen church near me—I do. And I hope He still uses the unsung, the particularly peculiar to do His bidding. I mean, don’t you just love Johnny Baptist? Lord knows I do. Pedigree priest. Jesus’ cousin. Crusty supreme. Bearded wanderer with a freaky organic diet. Very into natural fibers. Blowing a trumpeting voice all through Israel, making straight the paths and prophesying at will (the Lord’s will). What a guy! Just like God though, never using who we want Him to.
You know, like a bald Asian kinda-Calvinist, a former boxer Bible teacher, a guy who thought his head was literally half blown off…turned evangelist, Ryan Ries, that dude from Korn, my friend Wes, MMA fighters, Pentecostals, Baptists, fat guys, skinny guys, guys who throw rocks…guys who rub you the wrong way sometimes…modern day prophets and apostles of a coming Renewal. Oh this makes me want to get used! Come on, can I get a witness! He used John Higgins, Chuck Smith, Lonnie Frisbee, and Keith Green, He obviously doesn’t always see what we see.
For some reason I know in my heart I CAN BE ONE OF THESE GUYS.
This is Jesus we’re talking about people. The same Savior Who announced His advent to criminal outcasts below the poverty line. The same One Who chose a dinky barn as His first Tabernacle in the flesh. And teenage parents?! And His friends were IRS agents, strippers, thieves, activists, and B-team rabbinical students. Fail. Fail. Fail-fail-fail. WIN. So….
Revival is weird.