I think the words of the church initially may be “come on in”. I am not talking about entering the brick and mortar of a building, but coming into fellowship with God Himself and becoming one of His family. Many who come in simply need to get healed and involved in the process of being made whole, so that they can get back out to the world at hand.
A few years ago an old friend was killed in an auto accident. I remember thinking he was a guy who flowed and functioned so well in the world. A successful businessman, he had given and given. There was a season where many wanted to “pull” him into the church. To “make” him something in the church fellowship. He resisted and his business grew (He was a believer.)and he gave. I always thought if everyone is in the church who would be working out of the church. (I am talking of believers.) It shaped my walk over time.
I have been in ministry nearly 25 years. I have evangelized, prophesied, pastored and taught. I have gone where I have been sent. I am very cognizant and very respectful of my fellow gifts that I encounter. (I may not always understand, but I do see their function and their value.) At this stage or season of my life I am comfortable in the fact that God uses me as a prophetic voice.
I say that because I believe we are seeing something fresh.
I believe “come on in in” will be the refrain for 2015 on multiple levels. So this morning I thought what does a prophetic voice do or say that is “inviting” or states “come on in”? I came up with few. More may appear shortly but here are three.
Call to the world-The prophetic voice declares the goodness of God, releasing His presence to the church and the world. It is the goodness of God that draws men to repentance we are told. We are telling the world how good God is. Man is choosing good!
Expanding their view-Too many who come into the church are often consumed with what is going on in their life. The prophetic voice is declarative of “there is more” and “the best is yet to come”. Vision revealing destiny and calling are placed on the table.
Cause them to hear-One of the greatest functions or releases of the prophetic is to teach people to hear God. To become attuned to His voice and His goodness towards them. To bring confidence in Him through showing them the multiple ways and methods He is reaching out to them.
I have already thought of more, but for another time. Each one of these three are enhanced by the fellow gifts of Christ and the fellowship of believers. They will bring depth and clarity to these “invites to come in”.
I am reminded of the “come on in the waters fine” as a reach out to a reluctant or fearful swimmer. Over time it has come to represent the goodness of something.
The church is calling to the reluctant, the fearful. The prophetic voice is bringing its voice to the call.