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Transforming hearts and cities with God’s justice through encountering Jesus
I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:8)
The apostle Paul proclaimed that he gladly sacrificed all things to position himself to experience more of the excellence, or majestic beauty, of Jesus and to bring His transforming power to others. Paul was so dedicated to Jesus, because he was so fascinated with Him. As we see what Paul saw about Jesus, then we will live like Paul lived.
Many believers only know Jesus as the One who forgives, heals, and provides for them, but the Jesus of the Bible is so much more. He possesses a magnificence and grandeur that many believers never think of. He is the most fascinating Man who ever walked the earth. Oh, that we would be as fascinated with Jesus as Paul was!
Today, many who have given their all in ministry are burned out, spiritually bored, and living with dull hearts. We need a breakthrough in our hearts, as well as in our ministries, campuses, and neighborhoods. Encountering the Jesus of the Bible is the answer to burnout and powerlessness. The revelation of His excellence and magnificence is the sustaining power of our hearts and the transforming power in our ministry to others.
Jesus asked His apostles a very significant question: “Who do you really think that I am?” (see Mt.16:15). He asked this question of dedicated men, who had given all to follow Him, who had healed the sick and even raised the dead. Yet, what they needed in their leadership was to understand and encounter Jesus in greater fullness. Again, in our day, the most important question the Holy Spirit is asking the Church is: Who do you really think He is?
One of the primary battlefronts in the kingdom today concerns the truth of who Jesus is. He alone is fully man and fully God. The implications are staggering, not just for our ministry to others, but in how we carry our heart before Him.
We must proclaim the Jesus of the Bible, not a “Jesus of American culture,” who simply forgives us and then blesses us with a more comfortable life. We are called to live fascinated with this glorious Man, who alone is fully man and fully God.
We err when we think of Jesus as less than He truly is. A hundred lesser evils are caused by this one great error. The Church will be revived to the degree that she encounters the Person of Jesus instead of just working for Him. The most overlooked aspect of the kingdom of God is God Himself. It is common in the Church to teach many kingdom principles but to neglect so many glorious truths about Jesus, the great King.
As we see more of who He is, we will gladly love and serve Him on His terms. This will cause us to give our loyalty fully and only to Him. This is the foundation from which our works of justice, missions, and outreach flow. In September 2009, the IHOP–KC family made a commitment to join 24/7 prayers for justice with 24/7 works of justice. We understand that this is only possible as we see more and more of the fullness of who Jesus is.
Too many in the Church are giving mental assent to a “contemporary Jesus.” The world needs the real Jesus, not just a form of Christian religion that has no power to move their hearts or transform their lives (2 Tim. 3:5). We have the truth; therefore, we can offer them true beauty, true fascination, true life. All this is found in Jesus.
Before Jesus returns, the Church will witness the greatest move of the Holy Spirit in history.
The end-time revival will surpass even the book of Acts in power. The Body of Christ will surely “take the promised land” in terms of touching the nations with the gospel and impacting every sphere of society with the kingdom.
But let us remember what Joshua experienced just before he led Israel to take the promised land. Jesus revealed Himself to Joshua as the most glorious One, the Captain of the armies of heaven (Josh. 5). Joshua fell on his face, awestruck with the grandeur of the Man standing before him. This very experience equipped him for the victories that were soon to follow. The same principle is true today. As God’s people are “taking the land” with increasing spheres of victory and power, we also, like Joshua, must come face to face with the most glorious truths of who Jesus is. He is the One we must proclaim, talk about, and sing about.
Seeing the King in His beauty and glory (Isa. 33:17) is an essential part of seeing the kingdom increase on earth as it is in heaven.
We invite you to join 25,000 young adults in Kansas City this December to encounter Jesus through extended times of worship, teaching of the Word, and ministry in the power of the Spirit. Our primary aim is to encounter Jesus, so that we might go forth to do His works and change the world.