There seems to be talk about a Jesus revolution all over the world at the moment. And it's awesome. There seems, from speaking to other people especially youth, that something of a revolution is beginning. Not just a heap of hype or talk with the word "revolution" printed out and slapped on the front, but a real transformed change and passionate group of people ready to make it happen.
The word revolution is defined by the dictionary as "a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure".
Most of us with a brain realise that the world is in desperate need of change. Anyone with a sense of logic and honesty will give you that. Injustice, poverty, sickness, economy, politics: almost everything. The thing that's challenging and yet at the same time hugely exciting is that we are the people to create the radical change in society.
Joel Houston, leader of the band Hillsong United talks of revolution:
"See the world is a place made up of places. And every place has a history. And every place's history is reflected in what becomes it's culture. And culture itself is defined through its people. And the people; well, they are the future... and the future is now.
So then - looking at it in the same light but from the other side of the room; at this moment in history, we are the people in the places... and we are the ones defining cultures... and we are the ones creating history... and so the question must be asked: If we are the future; how are we making it look?
I don't know about you, but if our generation is remembered for iPods, myspace and youtube we missed it. If history speaks of our generation as self indulgent pioneers of the digital age, reality television and purpose built celebrity we'll have failed. The world will change by itself, for better or for worse. It changes daily. But we need to be the ones to shape it - how do we want it to look?"
I agree. Is all I can say. I don't want to finish my life and realise that the time I had here on earth was spent watching youtube, gaming and talking about who was with who now. I want to see people saved. I want to see youth ministries become effective, see young people finding the purpose to life in knowing Jesus, seeing a generation raised up who know God for themselves and are passionate about telling others about Him.
I want to see the poor become wealthy. The hungry be satisfied with food. The lonely find family. Hurting and broken people become whole.
We're the ones to do it. We are the ones with the answer, we have the opportunity to see it happen. All we need to do is desire it enough and be willing to step out and do what we're good at to make a difference.
We may not be able to change the whole world on our own but if we can change our world. When we are willing to change our backyard - before we know it a social and global revolution will have taken place.
Start making changes to our world today, because in the famous words from a guy called Jon - "we were meant to live for so much more".