We need a revival! How true that is in both our church’s life and our own individual lives. Many of us long for a strong and significant manifestation of God’s power in our midst.
So, we look at ourselves (hopefully not so much as at others) and realize that there is room for change and growth in many areas. And we are determined that now is the time to make those changes and really seek God’s kingdom first. Such a decision establishes the foundation for a true revival to take place.
At times I have experienced that my self-evaluation, self-examination, and self-development have become a bit too self-centered. The focus on my own faith process (or lack thereof) has sometimes forced me into a selfcentered worldview that has been unhealthy in the long run.
I need to look at myself through the eyes of Jesus. He loves me! Always! No matter what! He wants the best for me, and He has promised to be with me to the end of the ages (cf. Matt. 28:20). He sees all the problem areas in my life, and He truly knows the best way to transform me. He is the Potter that can shape the clay much better than I, the clay, can do myself (cf. Jer. 18; Isa. 29).
Look to Jesus. Open your heart fully to Him who sees it all and knows what and how things need to be revived in your life.
—Bobby Sjolander serves as the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.