Dallas Willard had bold thinking that would constantly challenge me.
The words of Jesus are real. They are meant to be followed, not just repeated.
Because Jesus is the smartest man in the room, and has shown what is Kingdom and power, there is an expectation that we can follow in the same way. For Dallas, it is being bold enough to say that we, as Christian leaders, have the power to change the world.
Because the resources of God’s kingdom are available to them, the responsibility for the condition of the world in years or centuries to come rests upon Christian leaders and the teachers in the Christian church. They alone have at their disposal the means to bring their surroundings increasingly under the rule of God.
How we need to grasp those words. More, how we need the Spirit to breathe those words into us. We are not doing well at all with this concept. Yet… that is the invitation of the Kingdom of God.
Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks