Christianity in this season is toxic to the plans & purposes of god’s heart & mind. Our teaching & our practice are wrong. We focus on personal redemption. Yes, that was part of the Jesus movement. (I.e. the movement that Jesus started). But where is the redemption of nations! We don’t event see that part of Jesus teaching because it is outside our comprehension. Jesus said you can’t see the kingdom until you are born again. You can’t enter the kingdom until you are born again. The whole point of being born again is to do kingdom stuff. The whole point of receiving the spirit is so that we can do greater works than Jesus did. Yes, greater. He said greater, he meant greater!
When Jesus arrived as king in Jerusalem, you would think that he could give a little credit to the Jewish leaders of the day. A point for trying perhaps? But no, his purposes were so not in line with theirs that not only would they would pay big money to arrange for the problem to go away (i.e. enough money to buy land with), but also they were even prepared to arrange for his murder.
Why were their purposes so badly out of alignment that they actually opposed Jesus? Because they were toxic! Their teaching & practices were toxic. Why? Because, like us, they had missed a massive part of the story. As children of Abraham, they received his assignment… I will bless you. Through you all the families of the earth will be blessed…. Well the Jews liked the first part. Bless me! But they didn’t like the second part… to bless the nations.
Back to Jesus, arriving as king in Jerusalem. What was his first act as king? What would a king do when arriving at the head city of a conquered nation? Perhaps bring out his enemies & knock off their heads? Perhaps reward those who assisted the conqueror? What did Jesus do? He went to a specific part of the temple. The temple was a large complex of courts & buildings, but he went to a specific place… the court of the gentiles. He drove out the moneychangers, & quoted from the prophet Isaiah. My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations.
So, lets stop being toxic. It’s not hard. Jesus has given heaps of instructions about how not to be toxic. Drop the titles… rabbi, teacher, whatever. Drop the places of honour. Avoid building bigger barns. Etc. etc.
Lets do it. We have the resource… enormous resource. We have the instruction manual. Lets just do it.
We have seen 24-7 prayer take off in recent years. 24-7 worship is starting to catch on. I am looking forward to 24-7 prophetic declaration over cities & nations. Yeah baby yeah. Stop being so obsessed with getting people saved. Yes, that’s great when one person gets saved… all the angels rejoice. But don’t let that hold you back from the other half of the story… start blessing nations. Whether they like it or not. Whether people get saved or not. Bless the good ones. Bless the bad ones. Why? because that is what your father does. Just bless them.
So… because Israel forgot half of the story, about blessing nations, it was bad news for them. The blessing they could have had was taken away. ‘The kingdom will be taken from you & given to a nation that produces the fruit of it’. So what about us… will we produce kingdom fruit? Will we bless the nations?
OR WILL THE KINGDOM BE TAKEN FROM US & GIVEN TO A NATION THAT PRODUCES THE FRUIT OF IT?