Will It Last?

Last week God rocked our students’ lives. If you were here Sunday, you saw the impact. Engaged students, hands lifted, hearts open, minds changed. As one man said to me, “If you can’t worship God seeing 100 students praising our Lord and Savior, you don’t have a heartbeat! I loved every second.”

So the nagging question is, “Will it last?” It’s a legitimate question. Five weeks from now will these students still be “fired up?” I have a few thoughts.

What do we want to last? If we are looking for emotion to last, the obvious answer is “no.” Emotions come and go, they rise and fall. If we are looking for activity to last, the obvious answer is no. Involvement is an up and down venture–for all of us. So maybe we can’t answer the first question without defining what we want to last.

This morning in my quiet time I read about King Hezekiah’s reforms. I thought about what God did and wondered (and prayed) if this is what began last week at Caswell. Today I discovered that J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church in Durham, blogged about the same Scripture. He talked about 5 marks of an awakening. (jdgreear.com)

  1. Awakening happens when God’s people clean out the junk from their lives (2 Chr 29:3-5).
  2. Awakening happens when God’s people re-center themselves on Scripture (2 Chr 29:25-30).
  3. Awakening happens when God’s people re-center themselves on the gospel (2 Chr 30).
  4. Awakening happens when God’s people devote themselves to intercessory prayer (2 Chr 30:18-27).
  5. Awakening happens when God’s people give extravagantly (2 Chr 31:5-10).

All week I have heard stories about students coming clean, getting up early to get into God’s Word, being gripped by God’s grace in the face of their sin, praying for one another and, in the second service Sunday a student leaned over to me and said, “Can you help me figure out how much my tithe is?”

I honestly don’t know how long this will last, but I absolutely love what God started.