For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
When will these days come? Perhaps when the church is ready to steward the outpouring. Just as the waters of Noah’s flood of devastation did not come until his boat was ready, this flood of renewal may not come until the church has prepared herself and the Kingdom of God to be ready to receive it. Since the day of Pentecost, there have been many subsequent outpourings. Some of them have had long and lasting influence and others have been gone almost as quickly as they came. In part this seems to have depended upon the readiness of those on whom the Spirit fell. In order to prepare for “the big one” we should earnestly seek to become that church of which the apostle spoke, the one that stands in “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…” (Eph 4:13) and who makes known to the heavenly powers “the manifold wisdom of God.” (Eph 3:10).
Almost certainly we will need many lesser outpourings to prepare us for the greater one. We will also need to change the way we see ourselves, the world around us, and of course, the one who made us and redeemed us. Our current thought processes, our current level of devotion, our present approach to a life of faith, our approach to the world around us will not take us there. We need a new way of thinking. We must come to see Christ as Lord of All, not merely the religious realm. We must see how His life and principles impact every aspect of life and we must learn to implement them in daily life. We must learn to convey that truth to the world around us, not in a coercive way as rulers, but as servants. We must both demonstrate and “teach all nations” the full breadth and scope of what it means to live in “all that he has taught us.” (Mat 28:18-20).
“ Repent (translated from the Greek metanoia: literally, to change the mind) therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things…” (Acts 3:19-21)