If you just read my title you’re probably thinking…”What the heck?” Let me explain…
I am a prophet.
No, I am not some greek oracle that can predict the future…in my church we believe that God has given each of his children a spiritual gift. There are many gifts…gifts of healing, of teaching, of prophecy, of mercy, and many more. But as I said before, I am a prophet. A basic description of this would be, I proclaim the truth…LOUDLY. This can be a blessing and a curse. Because while people appreciate my boldness sometimes…other times it’s not so welcomed (and for good reason). For example, when I was seven years old…I was talking to one of my friends and I in a little bit more round about way asked her this, “So, why is your family fat?”
You may ask yourself, how could this “sweet” looking child be so unfeeling? I mean look at me!
There are two answers to your question,
1. I was the epitome of the word brat
2. I am a prophet
Since then I have learned that I need to be more tactful, this doesn’t mean I always apply that knowledge, but I do know it.
The opposite of a prophet is a mercy. A basic description of a mercy is, someone who can always see the good in others. That is one of the hardest things in the world for me to do…An example of the difference between a prophet and a mercy would be this…
Say you saw this man running down the street,
A mercy would see him and say…”Oh good for him! He’s is doing something about his weight!”
Whereas a prophet would look at him and say…”Thank GOD he is finally running”
(ok so if you really saw that man your first reaction would probably be, hide yo kids, hide yo wife. It was the best picture I could find people!)
So you see, that is the difference. But the thing is while mercy’s are fantastic at finding the good in people…they sometimes fail to think realistically. And they avoid confrontation…which is sometimes not a good thing. Thats where us prophets come in! The fact is we prophets NEED the mercy’s and vis-versa. That isn’t to say that we prophets and you mercy’s can only ever be critical and passive, God will give us the grace to learn from each other! I think its very important that we be willing to change and grow as God wills us to.
Well there is a LOT more to be said for spiritual gifts but I’ll spare you the rest of the sermon.. 😉
Just remember this…If you are a child of God.. you DO have a spiritual gift. I suggest you find out what it is!
Have a great weekend!