“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.” Matt. 10:41a
There is such a thing as a “prophet’s reward”. This concept seems foreign to a great portion of the body of Christ, but none the less it is valid, even though few finds its’ value. We aren’t talking about learning to prophesy, but rather learning to glean benefit from the prophetic. There are two basic prerequisites for experiencing prophetic reward in your life, and they are so simple, but it appears they can’t be manipulated or faked.
Step one is “valuing” the prophetic. This is simple if you have it, but if you don’t it might be harder to find than you think. It’s hard to glean benefit from what is not valued. And if you don’t value the prophetic then you will be hard pressed from experiencing consistent benefit from what’s not valued. For many in Christendom have lived without any prophetic influence in their lives therefore they don’t see the prophetic as relevant to their Christian experience. For many of us this seems sad, but a true reality in the church at large. But the rest of us, we enjoy a forum where we have constant reminder that we serve a supernatural God full of wonder and miracles.
Some will have a hard time experiencing prophetic reward if you have had a bad experience with the prophetic, perhaps being around someone who is false. But understand if there is a false then there is a legit. Satan doesn’t bother to create a counterfeit if there was no legit. Sometimes you have to press past what the prophetic isn’t to find what the prophetic is. But if you don’t value the prophetic then your pursuit will be short lived. And if you ask the watchmen sometimes you get misinformation. (SoS. 3:3, 5:7). Ministers tend to place value in only what they do, and if they don’t prophesy then they will devalue its function in the church. “If you want to learn how to make cookies don’t ask a truck driver, ask a baker.” C.W. Wood
Well enough about valuing for now. We’ll bring step two next week. “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift His countenance on you and give you peace.”