Paul said "I die daily" 1 Corinthians 15:31. This implies a type of daily conversion or revival. Certainly there must be an ongoing surrender and renewal of our experience with our Savior. Where there is genuine revival, it will lead to a changed life – new thought patterns, habits, and lifestyle. This reformation is the outgrowth of revival. Revival will always precede reformation. Outward changes made without a transformed heart only lead to Pharisaical pride.
In Revelation 2:1-6 we find a message to the church at Ephesus which had previously been on fire for the Lord. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works." There is the call to revival – back to the first love experience. There is also a call to reformation – to do the first works. It would be well for each of us to do a self examination. Have we left our first love and ceased to do the first works?
John knew firsthand the connection between a genuine experience with the Lord and the resultant changes in the life. "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked"
1 John 2:3-6. The old expression of "walkin the walk" remains relevant. The born again Christian will undergo a transformation. Christ-like behavior will replace worldly ways. The very desires and thoughts will change. Praise the Lord that in Him there is no halfway job! "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" Philippians 1:6.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.