It’s time to get serious

Bishop Gary E. Mueller

Bishop Gary E. Mueller

I’ve been talking about it. We’ve been talking about it. And, hopefully, you’ve been talking about it.

The “it” is experiencing spiritual revival.

So exactly what is spiritual revival? How do we experience it, and what difference does it make? These are important questions. In fact, they are essential because we are investing so much time, energy and heart into seeking spiritual revival. That’s why after a great deal of prayerful discernment, the Launch Team working on helping the entire Arkansas Annual Conference experience spiritual revival has developed a definition that answers these questions:

Spiritual Revival is a gift from the Holy Spirit that begins as individuals prayerfully seek God. Revival binds together individuals into a movement. Revival results in a deeper relationship with Christ as Savior and Lord. Revival compels us to be part of Jesus’ work in the world.

As we begin this New Year, I confess I’ve become aware that my own personal need to experience spiritual revival is greater than ever before. Quite simply, I’ve come face to face with the reality that I can’t do what God wants me to do by my own efforts. I can’t do it alone, and I can’t do it apart from Jesus.

So here’s what I’m going to do in 2015: long deeply and passionately for God to act in my life; be open to the Holy Spirit’s movement in my life; move from making faith just about me to becoming part of a movement that goes out into the world; grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ; and share Jesus’ love in ways that transform individuals, communities and the world.

I hope you feel the same way I do, which is why I want to invite you into a time of preparation for spiritual revival by covenanting with me to do three simple things throughout 2015.

1. Pray every single day for yourself and the people called United Methodists to experience spiritual revival.

2. If you are a pastor, engage in conversation and prayer with laity about the importance of spiritual revival and how you can seek it together.

3. If you are a layperson, engage in conversation and prayer with other laity about the importance of spiritual revival and how you can seek it together.

I believe with all my heart that God longs to make spiritual revival a reality in Arkansas. That means it’s time for us to get serious about seeking it.

Grace and peace,

Gary E. Mueller