Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
– Acts 3:19-21
In this series we have walked through a lot of theology, a lot of definitions and a lot of study. We have covered why we must pursue justice, not simply from a place of “doing” good works, but from a place of intimacy with our King—every action, gesture and effort to bring the Kingdom to Earth must flow out of our friendship with Jesus.
This article opened with Acts 3:19-21, which states that we should repent so times of refreshing may come and that “He [God] may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things”.
What does this mean for us? It means that heaven and Father God have a hold on Jesus until the earth is restored to the way God intended it to be. How can this be, you might be asking? Why would the Father be withholding His Son from the world? What is God waiting for? The Father is waiting for us.
This does not mean that the Father and the Son are twiddling their thumbs while we fumble our way through our own messes, as we strived to usher in this “restoration”. Jesus intentionally left the world and intentionally left His Spirit for us to be our counselor (John 16:7). In the Greek text, the word for counselor is “paracletos”, which means: one called to the side of another for the purpose of helping him in any way. Many of you will hopefully find yourselves on your faces, in worship and in your prayer closets protesting through prayer the injustice in our day. It is in these places we need to give space for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.
THE HEART TRANSPLANT
I truly believe that heaven is waiting and the world is watching the Bride of Christ to see what we do and hear what we say. There will always be the many soothsayers out there that say Christianity is a dying religion. The ‘Revival of Justice” has started, but as history reveals time and time again, revivals come and go. Frankly, simply reviving the heart of Church won’t work in this next season. Even worse, the world cannot afford it. Rather, Heaven is looking to give us a complete heart transplant, where we replace our hearts with His. This transplant comes from us going to the deep places and the secret places with our God. It will only be out of intimacy that we can get there because justice and righteousness start from the inside, out. In fact, God leads us into righteousness and one day we will be judged by how much our righteousness aligned with His:
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness (justice)
for his name’s sake.
Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
Our journey to usher justice and righteousness on the earth is an inner one that begins in my heart and yours and the outflow of that is supposed to reach to the ends of the earth.
THE NEW BREED OF LOVERS
I know and believe there is a New Breed of Lovers arising who will understand the deep places found in the heart of Father, who want to see everlasting justice and righteousness here on earth. This new breed doesn’t look like the generations before it. Many have swung the pendulum to one side or the other, putting too much weight on justice and action while forgetting the relationship, worship and prayer. Or on the side, spending so much time on the relationship, worship and prayer that opportunities for justice and action were ignored or missed altogether.
This New Breed of Lovers know what it takes. They know the cost. They know that good works and deeds in the streets, alleys and public squares alone won’t cut it. They also know that the prayer closets alone are too boring. But they know it takes both—starting with the secret histories alone with God so that the strategies of Heaven can be fashioned and fleshed out in the public arenas.