Holiness Revolution (Paperback)
A few months ago, I walked into a beat-up warehouse with a For Sale sign on it. I had been looking for a piece-of-junk building to do youth ministry out of and I was hopeful that the Lord would just give me this particular building. . . and so I entered. Inside I was greeted by a large beast of a man in his fifties. His dress was that of a dirty construction worker and hands were dried and cracked from a life of manual labor. In a deep, angry voice, he confronted me and asked me why I was there and what I was doing. I told him that I was a youth minister who was trying to start a revolution of holiness in the world and that I needed a building to gather the youth of Columbus, Ohio.“Well, do you have any money?” he asked.
“No, but God has plenty of it, so I’m not worried about that,” I replied.
He ignored my reply and looked at me with condescending eyes, followed by condescending words: “You’re young. I bet you think you can change the world, don’t you?”
I laughed. “No way! I don’t think I can change the world, but I know God can.”
His reply failed to take into account my answer. “Young kids always think they can change the world,” he said. “I used to try to help people, but then I found out that they just take advantage of your help. People have been trying to change the world for years and the world still sucks. If you ask me, it’s worse than ever.”
Knowing he needed the hope of heaven, I responded to his pessimism: “Yeah, the world’s pretty rough right now. Good thing we don’t live for this world; we live for heaven. We’re just here for a few passing years, but our ultimate hope is the hope of heaven.”
Silence. Prompting him to reply, I asked, “Right?”
Lowering his head, he answered, “I don’t know. All I know is that right now I’m just looking out for me. I’m losing my job today; tomorrow this warehouse will be closed and I and all the other employees are out of work.”
I could say nothing more, and so I simply asked him if I could pray for him. I prayed with this man then and there, and I told him to trust in God no matter what.______________________________________________________________
What we all need right now is hope. In a world filled with empty promises that lead to despair and brokenness, we need to know that fulfillment can be found only in Jesus Christ. We need to place our hope and trust in Jesus and in his saving power. I want to see people who are alive in Christ — alive with his joy, alive with his zeal, alive with his mission of bringing all souls to the Father and ushering in the Kingdom of God. I want to see you living a life of passion and purpose, living the adventure that Christ is calling you to live!
We, the people of God in the third millennium, are living in an amazing time of salvation history. Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have all prophetically spoken of a new Pentecost, a new evangelization, and a new springtime within the Church and throughout the world. They have all spoken and written words of hope and confidence in God. Now is the time for renewal! Now is the time for hope!
I don’t believe that the end of the world is as near as some radical Christians shout. I believe renewal is near and that more great saints and martyrs are to come. I believe that the Holy Spirit is stirring up a mighty revolution in the minds and hearts of Catholics everywhere — a revolution that will not and cannot be silenced. And most of all, I believe that this renewal will come from the young Church. It is the youth of the Church who will set the world ablaze with the fire of God’s love. We will not sit idle and watch this world reject Christ and the teachings of his Church. We will rise. Even if it is a small and weak group, we will rise. And we will rise triumphantly as Christ rose triumphant over sin and death more than two thousand years ago. This book is meant to plant the seed of renewal within your heart. We have an amazing God who “makes all things new” (Revelation 21:5), and this amazing God wants to use you in his plan for renewal.
Even though he has the power to literally renew the face of the earth simply with the words from his mouth, he does not do so. Even though he has the power to renew the face of the earth with mighty winds and powerful forces, he does not do so. He chooses to use you and me — he wants to bring renewal in his people through his people.
So often I sit down with hopeless teenagers and hear them say that they don’t believe in God because of all the pain and suffering in the world. If there really was an all-loving God, then why wouldn’t he do something to stop all the hurt? The thing that these teenagers fail to see is that God is doing something about it. At every moment of every day, Jesus Christ is calling his disciples to be a light in the darkness, to be a source of renewal. He is doing something about the pain and the hurt — he is calling you, and he is calling you today.
The problem isn’t that God is distant. The problem isn’t that God fails to do anything to stop the pain and suffering in the world. The problem is that the people whom Christ calls are too busy with their own lives to answer his call. How can we focus on doing his will when we are so consumed with our own?
What will become of this world if the people of God do not answer his call?
What will become of this world if the people of God live in fear?
What will become of this world if the people of God sit around and do nothing?
“You are the light of this world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14–16)
Stop wasting your life.
Do something amazing for the gospel.
All for Jesus. All for his kingdom.
1 PETER 2:9–12 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
Holiness Revolution (Paperback)
Holiness Revolution (Paperback)
About Holiness Revolution (Paperback)
The world is in dire need of change. People are hurting. People are turning to empty promises searching for answers. All along, we have the answer: Jesus. In Holiness Revolution, your eyes will be awakened to the need for change in this world. You will be challenged to live a life of radical discipleship that brings that change. It's time to stop making excuses and start taking action. Only from God, only from the saints, does true revolution come. Will you join the revolution of holiness?
Product Type Media Books
Author Dan DeMatte
Publisher Beacon Publishing
Number of Pages 176
Book Format Paperback
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Consider using this book in youth groups. Teens especially will find purpose and meaning in their Christian life.
Now is the time to be revolutionary. Let's Do It!