I believe the God Kind of Cultural Revival depends on it.
At whatever age we were, we began learning things “about” Jesus, and God, and sometimes the Holy Spirit.” To believe “about” someone or something is the important first step.
For some folks, much later and for others pretty quickly there became a distinction between believing “about” and believing “in/on” Jesus. I don’t want to split hairs because I realize that there are people that combined “about” and “in/on” more instinctively. I think I did that. But, as I began to ponder on the differences, my faith in Jesus was enriched.
A person can believe “about” someone or something and have no real personal connection at all. About makes no personal demands. However, believing in/on Jesus becomes personally applied truth.
However, I discovered there’s another way to believe. This way has begun the real “revival journey” with the Lord (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). It is the forever penetrating revelation of “Believing Into Jesus.”
As I’ve already indicated, “about” is, by nature, more impersonal. Believing in or on Jesus means that we now believe that Jesus is true to His word and will make His promises personal for me and my life. I can count “on” Him as my personal Lord and Savior.
Believing “into Jesus” is something like the phrase from the movie Avatar, “into you I see.” Believing into Jesus takes me to a place in my relationship with Him that I begin seeing through His eyes, hearing through His ears, feeling and knowing with His heart.
As this begins to happen (by my desire combined with the revelation of the Holy Spirit) the world begins to take on a different appearance. It begins to have a different sound. We begin to have a different kind of heart stirring.
Believing “into Jesus” causes our hearts to begin shifting priorities. We begin to discover that the issues we thought were of utmost importance are in a different order than they had been.
Believing “into Jesus” ushers into us the deepest realms of revival that ultimately transforms a culture.