1 Corinthians 14:1-4
“14 Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy. 2 For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, but those who prophesy build up the church.”
This week, Pastor Michael spoke of the prophetic voices we find in the Church. From our Hebrew Scripture, we find Ezekiel’s experience of calling to speak truth to the people of Israel – to a “nation of rebels who have rebelled against me….the descendants are impudent (not showing respect) and stubborn…whether they hear or refuse to hear..they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 2:3-5)
We also see prophetic voices throughout the New Testament, from John who “will be called the prophet of the Most High” to the life of Jesus Christ who was rejected for His prophecy, people speak out regardless of whether or not they are received.
The same holds true in our personal lives. There are many times where we are called to speak our truth to others who may not be very welcoming of what we have to say.
When I work with parents who are challenged by their child’s behaviors and are at the “end of their rope,” delivering a difficult message on additional efforts they must use to reconcile with their children is tough. Many times it is not received well.
What are the areas in your life where you need to speak the truth in love? I invite you to consider this as you go about your week, for we are all called in our ministries to speak out.