We need to build a relationship with Jesus again. Christians need Jesus. We need to be enlarged by Him. There are some people who are believers who have stopped pursuing the Lord. The Lord wants us to pursue Him. We are the bride of Christ, and brides are supposed to be longing for their bridegroom. To have a heart on fire, ignited for Christ. ‘Such is the generation of those who seek Him.’ Ps 24. The King of glory wants to come back into his church. He’s not asking permission, but he’s coming to take over. Jesus is coming and we need to give Him the rightful place in our lives, in our churches, so that we make much of Him. Not just in the singing, but in our lives.
He is not supposed to be a mascot, he is a monarch, our King. ‘Lift up your heads’. Did you know that you’re a gateway of heaven on the earth? Right now God is saying ‘Lift up your heads, o you gates’. Let hope arise. Jesus is strong, he is the lion, like Aslan. He has a mighty roar and he’s coming back into his church. His church has been fascinated with leadership, with worship, with intercession. But we need to put him as our priority. Jesus, our soon and coming King. To live with his glory and his supremacy in our lives. In Revelation 5 the whole of heaven stands to attention to this Jesus.
Jesus doesn’t want to be a compartment in our lives. He wants to pervade every area of our lives, and he can ask for it because he is the
King of kings and lord of lords. I love nobody and nothing like I love Jesus. I’ve walked with him since I was five, started preaching since I was 13, and yet I don’t know him like I want to know him. There are depths to him yet to be revealed to the hungry, seeking heart.
Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God. He’s the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church.’ It’s not a waste of time to talk about Jesus. ‘He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.’ In every church service he shows up and he’s looking for people to give him supremacy. I was in a small church in Wales a few years ago, and we hit a moment in worship I’ve only experienced a few times. The Lord opened the back door of his church and looked in, as we sang ‘I want to make much of you, Jesus’. The Lord was saying: ‘It’s got my attention, because not many people want to make much of me today.’
What’s the key to revival? Hear God and obey him. The Body of Christ is in dire need of a reconversion to Jesus. To say that he’s our Saviour and Lord is correct of course, but it’s inadequate. He is so much more. Christ is your shepherd, your advocate, your mediator, your bridegroom, your conqueror, your Lion, your lamb, your sacrifice, your manna, your smitten rock, your living water, your food, your drink, your good and abundant land, your dwelling place, your Sabbath, your new moon, your jubilee, your new wine, your feast, your aroma, your anchor, your wisdom, your peace, your comfort, your healer, your joy, he’s your glory, your power, your strength, your wealth, your victory, he’s your redemption, your prophet and your priest. He’s your kinsman redeemer, he’s your teacher and your guide, your liberator, your deliverer, your prince of peace, your captain, your vision, your sight, your beloved, your way, he’s your truth, your life, your author, your finisher, your beginning, your end, your age, your eternity, and your all in all. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever and yet he’s new every morning. Beyond all of this he’s your king, he’s your judge, and your true witness. I love him. He so desperately wants to be rediscovered by his church. We’re so fascinated with a million other things than Jesus. There’s nothing so beautiful as Jesus.
(Taken from a talk by Steve Uppal). Also to credit Frank Viola and The Jesus Manifesto by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet