Honesty is the most faithful policy

Bishop Gary E. Mueller

Bishop Gary E. Mueller

I believe in being honest. Of course, honesty can be difficult, even painful. But I also have experienced over and over how God uses honesty for good in the most amazing ways.

So here’s my honest take. I am convinced we are in the midst of a crisis. It may not seem as real as terrorism or the death of someone you dearly love, but the results are even more devastating. It’s a spiritual crisis. And I’m not just talking about the real and challenging declines in professions of faith, attendance and the presence of young adults in our churches. I’m talking about the worst possible kind of spiritual crisis—one that exists because we have lost our passion for Jesus.

I’m baffled by it because I know we are committed Christians. We strive to live as Jesus’ disciples and invest deeply in making disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world. But it is what it is. And that means we have to deal with it.

This is why I am so serious about spiritual revival. It’s time to admit we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to do what we can’t seem to do on our own—draw us closer to Jesus and his unconditional, transformational and invitational love so we are infused with his life-changing passion.

Spiritual revival is never about what other people are doing wrong or what they need to do. It’s always about us and what we need to do. Because we are the ones who will remain absolutely stuck—and wonder why nothing is changing—until we begin to get serious about spiritual revival like we’ve never gotten serious before.

Our emphasis on spiritual revival is not just another conference program that will come and go, only to be replaced by the next conference program that will come and go. Spiritual revival is fundamentally about who God is, who we are and how we will live—as individuals and the church. This means we are in it for the long haul.

With each passing day, I sense we are becoming more and more serious about seeking spiritual revival. But I honestly believe God has a whole lot more in store for us so that we become more passionate than we imagined possible, are filled with more joy and hope than we knew existed and become people who actually do more to change lives, communities and the world than we dreamed.

So here’s what I need from you. I need you to join me in getting serious about getting serious! Serious about getting hungry to follow Jesus. Serious about how he does for us what we absolutely need, but can never do on our own. Serious about the power of the Holy Spirit to wake us up. And serious about doing it with everything we’ve got.

Come, Holy Spirit come!

Grace and peace,

Gary E. Mueller