“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…..” I Peter 2:9 NKJV
A soldier trains for battle, a doctor trains for healing, but what does a disciple train for?
He trains for many things but they all focus around two main expressions: he bears the image of God and he speaks the message of God.
In order to speak the message of God the disciple must become a prophet. A prophet is not a foreteller primarily, but a “forth teller,” one who hears God speak and delivers the message to God’s people.
Moses is an example. The Israelites said to him, “Go near and ….tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you.” (Deut. 5:27) Moses was intimate with God and out of that intimacy he learned God’s will for the nation; his prophet ship was simply telling his people what God wanted them to do and to hear.
Jesus was the perfect Prophet. “This is My beloved Son [that is the intimacy]: hear him [that is the prophet ship].” (Luke 9:35 KJV)
I cannot expect to speak for God unless I know Him in an intimate way. I cannot speak for God merely by being a theologian; I must speak for God by being His “friend” who speaks to Him “face to face.” (Deut 34:10)
A person can be a Sunday school teacher, a salesman, and housewife and speak for God more authoritatively than a theologian, a pastor, or a missionary.
No one can presume to be a prophet; he must be called to it by God Himself.
Yet, I can “desire” the gift of prophecy and prepare myself as fully as possible for the function by an avid pursuit of God. (I Cor. 14:1)
A God hungry person soon becomes a God-filled person, and then he becomes a God-explaining person.
What a job to be a God-explaining person, one who invitingly says: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8