What is revival?

June 3rd, 2008

When people talk about revivals or special outpourings of God’s Spirit in a place, it can be very exciting for some and others can be dead against it. Many are somewhere in between. While I love seeing the great signs, wonders and healings that often take place during a revival, something inside seeks more. I love to see people being spiritually revived and on fire for Jesus and I love to see them lead new people to Christ as a result of this new passion for Him.

When I think of a definition for revival, I can’t go past Charles Finney’s words from his book “How to experience Revival”. He says that revival is “a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility”. For me, Finney hit the nail on the head. The true fruit of revival is not so much signs and wonders, as great as they are, but a deeper commitment to Christ and His mission for us in this world.