Around the Word smallEveryone single one of us aspires to do something great with our lives, even something people will talk about generations from now. Better yet if it’s something new, cutting edge, maybe even something few or none ever conceived of before.

King Josiah of Judah left his imprint in the lives of his contemporaries. But when the chronicler decided to put an exclamation mark on all his accomplishments, he said this: “The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel.” (2 Chronicles 35:18). Wow. That’s 465 years, folks.

Now, it is obvious that the writer didn’t mean that the people of Israel were not observing the Passover at all. Josiah’s grandfather, Hezekiah, for example, had celebrated the Passover with the people. So what’s different here?

The answer is the Book of the Law, which had just been found. When Josiah had the book read to him he realized for the first time what a real Passover celebration should look like. He celebrated Passover “by the book.” For the first time in 465 years they followed God’s precise instructions on how to celebrate the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt. And it was so big the official storyteller for the kingdom took notice.

My guess is that, just like Josiah, there are areas of our lives that are not going exactly “by the book.” I encourage you to hold your life up against the light of God’s Word (both the written and the living Word, namely Christ) and let God reveal to you areas that must be brought into alignment with His plumb line. That’s the only way that revival can take hold in our lives. That’s where we start, if we truly desire to be all God has intended for us to be.

Remember the four points of the message of a young man named Evan Roberts, one of the catalysts of the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905:

  1. You must put away any unconfessed sin.
  2. You must put away any doubtful habit.
  3. You must obey the Spirit promptly.
  4. You must confess Christ publicly.

Want to do something great that others will remember you by? How about starting humbly at the cross, prostrated under God Almighty, with His Word like a spotlight, showing us areas where we must change?

On our knees: That’s the first step to greatness.

Pastor Ivanildo da Costa Trindade

Lead Pastor, Grace Church, Lititz, PA