We are now in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and there is a great deal of research that is being undertaken to understand the pros and cons of the revolution on society. One thing that my limited research showed me, was a move from labor to automation and ultimately artificial intelligence. We went from a society that couldn’t wrap our minds around cloning to now being on the verge of artificial consciousness.
In all honesty, I think that if we had to assess the gospel revolutions, we would find a trend very similar to the industrial revolutions. I think that we would find that there has been a shift away from traditional labor (evangelism) to mass-produced Christianity, to a lot of artificial (fake prophets) intelligence.
An official from an environmental organization in South Africa made a statement that touched my heart. She said that ambient air quality was a proxy for development, meaning that the more developed we become, the dirtier the atmosphere or environment. This sentiment is certainly true for our gospel revolution. The more we develop, the dimmer our lights are. I think that we have Christians who are in spiritual limbo, Christians who are idle, waiting at the spiritual traffic light to get a piece job, Christians who have either quit their jobs as harvesters, or have forgotten the great commission.
“About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ he asked. ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. So he told them, ‘You also go into my vineyard…” Matt 20:6-7
There is not a single Christian who doesn’t long for the past glory, or that dreams of a great revival of the hearts of the people in their sphere of influence. It is also true that some just pray for our Lord to return, because times have never been darker. We are living through a global pandemic, there are people dying from hunger, floods, drought, locust outbreaks, the list goes on. This is not an indication of only how dark the times are, but how much the light of the gospel in each and every one of us must start to shine even more brightly.
What must we do?
1. REPENT – It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, how many times you’ve tried… Matthew 20 shows us that the Lord is seeking laborers even up to the eleventh hour. If we, who are called by His name, will humble ourselves, pray, and repent, He will hear us and heal our land. (2 Chr 7:14)
2. STUDY - Study to show yourself approved to God… rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15)
3. GROW – Grow in Spiritual maturity. (Heb 5:12; 1Cor 3:2)
4. GO – Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Stop focussing on work that does not guarantee riches in heaven. Your salvation means that you are in the family business, that of saving souls. (Matt 28:18-20)
May His Spirit helps us to not be idle, let there be a gospel revolution in your heart, in your family, in your church community and remember “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”… Matt 9:37-38.