As we travel the "Revival Highway," touring our great Nation, we often have a good laugh about who people think we are and what they feel to call us. It seems that many today are fixated by titles. Today's Church isn't using the old standby, "Reverend" too much any more. Boy am I glad.... I have never liked that title one bit! Today many in ministry seems to be going by, "Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, or Pastor." It's interesting that we don't call the teachers within the Body of Christ, "Teacher Smith or Teacher Jones!"
As we travel full time, ministering in many different flavors of churches and ministries, from denominations to those who are non-denominational from those who meet in ornate buildings to those who meet in living rooms, we find that some ministers have a tough time introducing us. I am called.... you guessed it..."Apostle Larry, Prophet Larry, Evangelist Larry and even Pastor Larry" (and I haven't been a pastor for years!).
So the question is...."Who in the world is Larry?" I often joke, "Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner!" However, for the past month I've been loosing weight, about 20 lbs now, so calling me "late for dinner" probably won't be all that bad either. Matter of fact, Corinne might really thank you for that!
I feel that ministerial titles are more job descriptions than they are office titles. So... Billy Graham does the work of an evangelist, winning the lost to Christ, so that is what he does, not who he is. Make sense? However, keeping this in mind, it seems like folks today do need something to identify with, so it's peace of mind to some to call a minister by his/her title. You know, I am safe and totally secure in my ministry calling. I have been recognized by many of my peers in my calling and gifts to the Body of Christ. Now, I'm not going to tell you what my calling is.... that's for you to figure out, to comprehend. But if you wish to give me a title, please call me, "Larry the Revivalist!" Now that's one title I think is just peachy! Below is a dictionary definition of the word, "Revivalist." Please note the two definitions:
American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This re·viv·al·ist (rĭ-vī'və-lĭst) Pronunciation Key n." 1) One who promotes or leads religious revivals. 2) One who revives practices or ideas of an earlier time." re·viv'al·ist adj., re·viv'al·is'tic adj. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
OK, the first definition I can live with, but I really love the second...."One who revives practices or ideas of an earlier time!" Forgive me, the exclamation point is mine. I love that definition! That is me Folks... I'm pointing the way forward to a time of 1900 plus years ago, when the Church of the Lord Jesus was changing the world, not being changed by the world! I always tell people that the "New Wineskin" is actually 2000 years old! Wow! I love it... people so filled with God that their towns and cities are completely transformed by the power of God! Just think in my "Revival Towns" there will be no more sickness, no more disease, no more crime, no more sin...they will be filled with the Bride of Christ, doing the work of the ministry, awaiting the coming of the Groom!
Yep, that's me... Larry the Revivalist! If you stick me with a fork, I'll bleed revival! I hope you know what I mean!
I trust that you folks don't get too tired of my rants on revival! If you do, please have patience with me. It's just that my heart so longs for this, that it is all I can think of. Actually you can help me get off of my soap box. All you have to do is to begin asking God to send this great move of His Spirit, awakening us to all that we are to be in Him. Then pray and ask Him to revive you. Let Kingdom revival begin in your heart, then you begin to draw others in, and before long....we've got it... the River of God once more in flood stage!
Will you help me? Will you cry out to God for your own personal revival? Then will you pray for the American Church....."Lord... send your Spirit to the American Church... for Jesus Christ's sake!" (a take off of the prayer of Evan Roberts prior to the great Welsh Revival).
Larry the Revivalist!
my website: www.larrysilverman.com