ACTS 11:20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
In this passage the people becoming Jesus followers in Antioch were deeply pagan people – some of the least likely to accept Jesus as Lord. The same grace that had touched the likely had touched the outsider. Though Revival is primarily about the church coming back to life, a sign of God’s accelerated work is that outsiders are being drawn to Jesus.
When we are in tune with God, saturated in God’s presence and power – we radiate the love and beauty of God to all people. At Sanctuary our hope is to see the least likely become followers… and so we pray.
REVIVAL STORY, The Hebrides, Scotland
One who came into saving and covenant relationship with Jesus Christ spoke on the following evening to a young man. Suddenly conviction grips him, and he begins to tremble and try to shake it off; he goes to the town of Stornoway and enters the tavern to get away from this overwhelming sense of the presence of God, and when he enters the tavern he finds there men speaking about their lost and ruined state. He says, “This is no place for a man anxious to shake this off; I will go to a dance.” That night he went to a dance, and was not in the hall five minutes when a young woman came to him and said, “Oh, where would Eternity find us if God struck us dead now?” The sense of God was everywhere. That evening that young man found the Savior; he could not escape God.
1 THESSALONIANS 1:4-5 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
May we seek God’s hand, God’s power that “a great number” in our city would turn to the way of life.