One of history’s greatest revivals took place in Wales in 1904. There was such a move of God evident that writers and ministers from several countries visited Wales to become eyewitnesses of the revival. One Chicago religious paper published the following account: “A wonderful revival is sweeping over Wales. The whole country, from the city to the colliery underground, is aflame with gospel glory. Police courts are hardly necessary, public houses are being deserted, old debts are being paid to satisfy awakened consciences, and definite and unmistakable answers to prayer are recorded.”
Notice the emphasis on the changed life during the Welsh revival. Playing church goes out of style. The heart’s desire is for righteousness during revival. And no wonder! The revived heart is surrendered to the Lord and the fruit of the Spirit comes through: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5: 22-23).
The world has seen enough empty profession. It is time for Christians to demonstrate the righteousness of Christ in daily life: “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (I John 2:6).
Imagine the impact of the ministry of your pastor if every member of the church had righteousness as his aim. Gone would be the excuses of backsliders and sinners who have been pointing accusations at those who are inconsistent in Christian living.
What changes would you experience in life if righteousness became your goal?