A few weeks ago I was walking through the lobby of the church at a brisk pace. I had much to do in a very little time. As I wheeled around a corner, a friend was standing at the Cafe grabbing a drink. Immediately an image flashed across my mind. Really it was a word I saw in my mind. The word was “LIFE.” But remember, I was busy. So I politely greeted her, and moved on about my business.
A few days later I felt the Lord nudge my shoulder and ask, “Why didn’t you share that word with her?”
“I dunno. I was busy.”
“She needs that word. When I give you a word for people, share it!”
I guess I’m still learning this whole prophetic thing.
I’ve spent the past few weeks teaching our worship department why and how worship is more than singing a few tunes. We’ve been talking specifically about how worship is prophetic, because we want to be a prophetic community. But what exactly does that mean?
From a simplistic perspective, prophecy can be explained like this:
- artwork – it’s like a picture, or a phrase or a thought that’s laid upon our minds
- created by God – God speaks to us. These pictures and phrases are from God.
- about other people – Prophecy is intended for other people. His Word is not only for me.
- and hung on the caverns of my heart – We’re not made to simply be containers of his Word. We are also conduits. I am the museum of God’s masterpiece for others.
- My only job is to describe it – God placed the artwork in my heart. My job is not to give it meaning, only to describe it to others.
Living in a prophetic community means that I have to be willing to hear God’s voice concerning others and willingly share it. Since hearing God’s voice and sharing it with others means we respect and honor what we hear, then by definition we are worshiping God. We are placing His voice and His thoughts higher than anything else. And that kind of community is worth living in.
Do you feel like you hear God’s voice concerning other people very often? Why or why not? How do you think we can be worshippers more consistently using a prophecy? You can leave a comment here.