I'm going through a lesson book right now--and this week's lesson the writer says that the Christian church "needs revival."
Once again...the mantra of "we NEED revival!"
It's not that I disagree with the sentiment; I agree wholeheartedly. However, the simple fact of the matter is...
We don't want revival.
"P'shaw!" you may say. "OF COURSE we want revival!"
If the church really DID want revival, then we wouldn't need it.
To the church, I would suggest reading Acts 2. That is what a vitalized church looks like. So if you want to be RE-vitalized, then read Acts 2 and implement what is written.
And then we'll stop hearing these cries of "we WANT revival!"
Because then...we won't need it.
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
Sounds positively radical. All "revival-seekers" need look no further than that passage.