Desire of the Nations—Bill Johnson

Bill JohnsonJesus is called the desire of the nations. To make us successful in the commission to disciple nations He chose to live inside of us. This gives us the potential of appealing to the world around us. That is far from the present experience of most of us. While sinners loved to be with Jesus, they seldom like to be with us. It is up to us to find out why and fix it. Part of the reason is because we tend to be very impractical, answering questions that few people are asking, bringing direction that no one is looking for. Yet it is God’s time for His people to become highly esteemed by unbelievers again (we prefer to call them, “pre-believers”). Jesus has all the answers to all the world’s problems. We have legal access to the mysteries of the kingdom. His world is the answer for this one. No matter the problem, whether it is medical, political, or as simple as a traffic-flow problem in our neighborhood or a conflict on the local school board, Jesus has the answers. Not only that, but He also desires to reveal them to us and through us. His method of choice is to use His children, the descendants of the Creator, to represent Him in such matters. It’s hard for us to bring solutions for this world’s dilemmas when our hope (end-time theology) is eagerly anticipating the destruction of the planet. Both Jesus and the apostle Paul said we inherit this world.” Our correct stewardship should start now. To ignore this part of the commission because of the conviction that the world cannot be made perfect before Jesus’s return is very similar to ignoring the poor because Jesus said they’d always be with us. It is irresponsible stewardship of our commission and anointing.

Bill Johnson. Face to Face With God (pp. 192-193). Kindle Edition.

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