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God Comes Where He’s Wanted

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.

Matthew 26:10

God is on the move…

By now I imagine that you’ve heard something of the moves of God, particularly among young people, that are sparking off each other across North America. We have easy access to these stories and testimonies, but of course there is much gospel outbreak across the whole globe, not just in University towns in Kentucky!

There has been something special going on in Asbury however, a deeply sincere move of God, void of pomp and ceremony, not a smoke machine or strobe light in sight…just genuine heartfelt confession, repentance, salvation, and healing.

…the aroma of revival.

Watching and reading from afar, there is something that is evident:

God comes where He’s wanted

There seems to have been such a sustained, earnest, seeking after God. A yearning for nothing less that His glory, and nothing more than Himself. And revival is in the hearts of many of us, myself included, but if I’m honest (which I should be!) it hasn’t come quite with the ‘packaging’ I would have expected.

And I can imagine this is often the case…our mouths ask for revival, but our hearts are actually pursuing something less.

AW Tozer once said:

“Our mistake is that we want God to send revival on our terms. We want to get the power of God into our hands, to call it to us that it may work for us in promoting and furthering our kind of Christianity. We want still to be in charge, guiding the chariot through the religious sky in the direction we want it to go, shouting "Glory to God," but modestly accepting a share of the glory for ourselves in a nice inoffensive sort of way. We are calling on God to send fire on our altars, completely ignoring the fact that they are OUR altars and not God’s.”

…but revival is so often a response of God to a heart cry of devotion.

There’s a beautiful and confronting story in the gospels, when Mary breaks an incredibly expensive jar of perfume, pouring it over Jesus. It’s a moment of pure devotion, an extravagant outpouring…and many criticised her for it.

“Have your beliefs, but don’t take it too seriously”

“I know you have a faith, but don’t go overboard”

…there are always critics of extravagant and pure devotion.

Jesus defended her however, and said “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me … wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."

You see, much like Asbury, whenever Jesus meets someone whose passion matches His, word gets out.

Because as extravagant as Mary’s act of worship was, Jesus didn’t just break a jar, He broke His body for us. He didn’t just pour out perfume, He poured out His blood.

As we gather to pray on Sunday night, I’m confident that there’ll be many things that God stirs us to ask Him for…but let’s not ask Him for more stuff, without asking Him for more of Himself.

Let’s let our lives be an extravagant, pure outpouring of devotion…and maybe, just maybe, revival might come to us too.



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