This past week Ken Freeman ministered to our middle school and high school students during spiritual emphasis week. Throughout the week during chapel our students were challenged to make right choices, to not settle for good but for great, and that there are many KEY’s to life, but the KEY to their heart is a relationship with Jesus.
One of the greatest parts about spiritual emphasis week each year is when students, who are concerned about one of their friends or family members, bring them to the altar. On Wednesday night parents of FCS students came to a special service, and many accepted Christ that night. It was also impressive to see the the love and concern our students and faculty demonstrated for new students throughout the week, some who had never experienced anything quite like what they saw last week. Many new students trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, for which we rejoice.
The question that always arises following spiritual emphasis week is, how can FCS be as on fire for God next week, or next month, or the rest of the year as was experienced last week? In the Bible the idea of a spiritual awakening is known as revival. Revival can be defined simply as, “something that happens in the life ofbelievers that changes his or her relationship with God and cannot be explained outside of realizing that God did something.” So true revival at FCS is not about how many people came to know Christ, although we rejoice and praise God for that, because last week’s spiritual emphasis week was an amazing week of victory and salvation. But it will become just another week if the lives of Christian students and faculty are not changed in a way that is not explainable outside of God having done something in our lives.
Throughout the week, Ken Freeman challenged the students at FCS to be the one who would stand up for God no matter what, and that they would give themselves up to be set apart for God’s purposes at FCS. He challenged the senior class to be the leaders who would believe that God could change the entire school if they would give themselves up for Christ. I believe that true revival is exactly that, God taking just one class or just a handful of students, or even just one person, willing to sell completely out to Him in order to accomplish great things which can only be attributed to Him.
Jesus used a simple illustration to tell His disciples how non-explainable things could take place in their lives. John 15:1-8,16, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener….Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples…You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” These verses refer to Jesus as the vine, the source of life for the believer. That is why we are so excited for those who trusted Christ as their Savior last week. Until the moment they accepted Christ, they were not attached to the vine, so spiritual victory in their lives was not possible. But for those of us who were already believers the true test is whether or not we will bear fruit, because if we do not, we are useless and powerless, and revival will not come and our spiritual emphasis week will be just that, just another week.
God is looking for a class, a student, a faculty member, a parent, someone who will sell out to Him and be willing to be that fruit bearer here at FCS. I know that God challenged many of our students and our faculty last week, and I believe that He can raise up individuals who can, and will, make the difference in seeing lasting effects of what God accomplished here this past week.
Romans 10:9 says, “that anyone who confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised Him from the dead, will be saved.” It is also true that someone can believe in their head and in their mind, but not in their heart. Someone who believes only in their mind will not bear fruit in their life. Their will be no lasting evidence that they know Christ. If a person claims to know Jesus, but their life is spiritually barren, they may not be attached to the vine. I believe that there are still many students who are not attached to the vine. May we be faithful in bringing them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I also believe that there are many people, students, faculty and parents alike, who know the Lord, but have little fruit. True revival and a lasting results from spiritual emphasis week, will be seen in the lives of believers, and can be explained only in that God did something in their life.