Paying the Price for revival : A reminder from Acts
Many say that they want to see revival and many have made claims of they “will do anything for God’s move.” However, the truth is they do not. The truth is this was a problem way back in the first century too!
After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.1 Corinthians 15:6
What we do know is that the Lord appeared to hundreds of people, if not thousands before going to Heaven in Acts 1:9-10. There is no way to know just how many He did appear to but it was in the hundreds.
It could have easily been up to a 1000 people that physically seen Jesus Christ in his resurrected body between Easter and Pentecost. This is important for us to understand but the numbers do not match up.
It seems that many just wanted to the “fireworks” of what was happening. They thought it was amazing that Jesus was just showing up and walking through doors. They come just people do today to miracle crusades. They are not even living for God but they like to see the fireworks of the meeting. It was the same thing back then.
1000 people were amazed. 120 prayed.
Here is the point that I want to make. Not everyone that saw Jesus appears out of thin air and walk through walls were committed enough to be in the Upper Room.
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)Acts 1:13
The price of the prophetic word given about revival and the promise of the Father being poured out was not something they were willing to contend for. They went back to their lives, careers, and families. They counted the cost but they didn’t pay the price.
Today, it is much the same way. When the fireworks are blazing, people are being healed and demon are coming out; the saints are lining up to see what God is doing. They want the presents of God, not the presence of God.
As soon as the Holy Spirit calls the people to the promise that requires intercession and surrender; all the people who was in the pews leave. They do not want to pay the price for revival. They are not paying the price for revival.