For those of you who know who Reinhard Bonnke is, you will be especially appreciative of this post. For those who are not familiar with him, I’ll give you some bio. He is a German Evangelist (currently residing in Florida) in his early 70s. God spoke Africa into his heart and has evangelized the continent ever since. Through the ushering of the Holy Spirit He led a massive crusade beginning in 2000 through his ministry, Christ For All Nations, that went throughout the African nations for ten years ending in 2009. One particular weekend in the crusade had more than 3 million people in attendance over 3 days! The stories he could tell of the wonderous works of God would knock you back, but you’ll just have to buy his autobiography and read for yourself like the rest of us! This powerful man of God led 55 MILLION people to Christ in just those 10 years of crusading. That’s.What.I’m.Talkin.About. So, why have we not heard more about him? Good question. I was blessed to hear him speak twice at the Jesus Culture Awakening Conference in Chicago this past August, and my faith will never be the same. He is a true father in the faith and a man of integrity, wisdom, and power. He helps you to see the ridiculousness in those who think our God does not move in signs and wonders anymore. “My God’s not dead. He’s surely alive and He’s living on the inside roaring like a Lion.” You know, that’s a great song, but how about we learn to “let God out” and be used by that roaring Lion to do great things on this earth! Anyway, I urge you to learn more about Mr. Bonnke.
I give that intro because I wanted to set the stage for a parable that he wrote and published online today. I thought there was an incredible amount of insight within it, and needed to be shared. He has a facebook that he posts a lot of amazingly annointed, yet punchy, statements through-Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Official Page. Read his parable and let it sit on your heart for a while:
“This is how my parable begins. Let me call him John. John had a double story house, five plus five rooms. One day there was a gentle knock on the front door. When John opened it was the Lord Jesus. “Please come in”, John pleaded, “I will give you the best room in my house – it is upstairs. Well, Jesus is a gentleman and said “thank you”. The next morning someone hammered against the front door. W…hen John opened it who was there? The devil. “No” shouted John, “I don’t want you here” But the devil said “I’m already in” – and a big fight started. Satan poured filthy temptation on him, it was horrible. By the evening John somehow got the victory and threw the devil out. Then he said “wait a minute”. I gave Jesus the best room in the house, why didn’t he come to my rescue?” Jesus said to John “Look, you gave me one of the ten rooms…” John was on his knees and said “I can see my mistake. Sorry, Lord. Let’s make 50/50.” Jesus is a gentleman and accepted. The next day was a repeat of the day before. Somehow the devil got in and out and John was totally exhausted. “Why didn’t Jesus come to my rescue today? I need to go and ask.” The Lord said “My son, why don’t you give me all 10 rooms and then, instead of me staying with you, you stay with me?” John broke down. He pulled the key of the front-door from his pocket and handed it to Jesus. Now, he had given it all. The next morning, it was still dark, when someone was knocking at the front door so hard that the whole building shook. John jumped frightened and shaken out of bed crying “O, it’s the devil again”, when suddenly he heard footsteps – but this time inside the house. Jesus was marching in majesty and power towards the front door. He had the key. It now was His duty to answer the door. John was wondering what would happen and stood right behind Jesus when the Lord opened the door wide. Who was it? The devil of course. But when the devil saw Jesus standing in the door he bowed low, very low indeed, and said “Sorry Sir, I knocked on the wrong door!” Some have given 9 rooms to Jesus and on the door of room number 10 they have written “Strictly Private”. It is there where they have their secret sins and live their double life. But Jesus cannot be cheated. C’mon. Let’s sing it together from the bottom of our hearts “Unto Jesus I surrender, unto Him I freely give….I surrender ALL, unto thee my God and Savior, I surrender all.” -With Christian love, REINHARD BONNKE.”
Below is a video from his CfAN ministry displaying the great harvest God provided over those ten years across Africa. It will shock you, move you, and motivate you. God is good.