Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit….‘” Zechariah 4:6 (MSG)
Through the journey I’ve been involved in many churches and many different ministries. In that time I’ve been part of many different “plans” to bring about the next big revival and pack the pews with new converts and members. I’ve watched all sorts of different designs and machinations concocted by local leaders and nationally touted gurus. Put tab A in slot B and people will flock to you just like it did in Timbuktu.
It never seems to work as prescribed and predicted.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t try different things and learn from what has worked for others. At the same time: “You can’t force these things.” God’s Spirit moves like mysterious wind, in His own time and power. You can’t conjure it, you can’t force it, and you can’t predict it. What we can do pray hard, love well, and teach God’s Message faithfully.