Experiencing Everyday Revival
I once suffered the consequences of neglecting routine maintenance on my car. I blew out a tire on the road, and fixing the issue cost more time and money than the maintenance would have. Not only that, I put my family at risk. What a loser!
Maintenance is crucial. We know this. Not just in our vehicles, but in so many areas of our lives, not the least of which is in our relationship with Christ. Even as evangelists, it’s easy to neglect the basics. The most common excuse is that we’re busy. But as many of us learn from mishaps on the road, this only causes more trouble in the long run. Take hold of this illustration and apply these to your spiritual life.
Read the Bible
When it comes to our spiritual lives as evangelists, the most costly thing to fall by the wayside is spending time reading the Bible. I can’t stress how indispensable God’s Word is, especially to those of us who are called to proclaim the Good News! 2 Timothy says, “All scripture is God-breathed” so that you and I would be “trained in righteousness” and “equipped for every good work.” As an engine needs gas to run, our souls need time and communion with our Father.
Another crucial element of spiritual maintenance for the evangelist is prayer. The words of 1 Thessalonians 5 are beautifully simple, “pray continually.” Prayer is habit-forming. Once you experience the blessings of a flourishing relationship with God, prayer comes easier and is as vital as breathing.
Meet with Others
Meeting with other believers is also important, especially for evangelists, who can sometimes be prone to work as “lone rangers.” Hebrews 10:24-25 says that we should not neglect meeting together in order to encourage one another and “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” God did not mean for us to follow Him in isolation. We need our brothers and sisters in Christ to keep us accountable, to rejoice with us in times of triumph, and encourage us in our struggles.
So, what do we do as evangelists after we’ve let maintenance slide and a serious issue surfaces? The last time I visited a tire shop, I learned about a process called, “retreading.” The experts can take a set of worn-out tires and, with a bit of pressure and buffing, reset them to work like new.
We’re all worn out. We’ve been scuffed, dirtied, and worn thin. Ministry is hard, and being on the front lines of gospel proclamation is challenging. Maybe you look back at the last several months and realize that although you have been busy with ministry, you have allowed one or more of these practices to take a backseat. Maybe you’ve fallen back into an old habit of sin and can’t seem to get past it. Whatever the case may be, His sacrifice on the cross has given us the opportunity to break free from sin and become new.
All we have to do is ask.
International evangelist Andrew Palau (@andrew_palau) is passionate about the life changing power of Jesus Christ and is committed to sharing the Good News wherever God may call him. But, it hasn’t always been this way.
Andrew grew up in a strong Christian home, one of four sons of world evangelist and author Luis Palau. Andrew, however, chose his own way and did not make an early commitment to Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until he was 27 that he gave his heart to the Lord. Today, Andrew preaches at his own festivals and outreaches around the world, demonstrating his father’s same passion and love for Christ and evangelism. The full, gripping account of Andrew’s raw journey to faith is told in his debut book The Secret Life of a Fool.
Andrew and his wife Wendy have three children and live in Portland, Oregon near the Palau world headquarters.